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Gospel concert at Reading Minster Church will help refugee support group work with Ukrainian refugees

ByJulie J. Helfer

May 9, 2022

A CONCERT this weekend will help raise funds for Ukrainian refugees who have come to Berkshire.

The newly renamed refugee support group is hosting the event on Saturday, which will see the Reading Community Gospel Choir perform.

The concert comes after almost two years of waiting, as the charity faced the double disappointment of seeing its Christmas concerts in 2020 and 2021 canceled due to the covid pandemic.

The Spring Gospel Concert will take place at Reading Minster Church from 6.30pm and raises funds for the Reading-based charity’s Ukraine Emergency Appeal.

The charity says that following the Afghan crisis last August, demand for their services increased by more than 460%.

Today, Ukrainian refugees have started arriving in the region and the association needs public support to support its work.

Nick Harborne, CEO of Refugee Support Group, explained: “We barely managed to cope with the Afghan crisis and the hundreds of people staying in local hotels. Now, with the horrible war in Ukraine, we see more and more Ukrainian families arriving in the region and needing our help.

“We are already supporting these families with information, advice, mental health support and practical help, but we expect many more families to arrive in the coming months, and we need the help of the public to provide them with the support they urgently need. ”

All money raised from the Spring Gospel Concert will go directly to the Reading Refugee Support Group Ukraine Emergency Appeal to provide refugees arriving in Berkshire with the help they need.

Reading Refugee Support Group is asking people to buy a ticket, enjoy the concert and help Ukrainian refugees arriving here in Berkshire.

Find out more about the Spring Gospel Concert and buy your tickets here: https://refugeesupportgroup.org.uk/rescheduled-spring-gospel-concert/

Read more about Ukraine’s appeal for charity here: https://refugeesupportgroup.org.uk/ukraine-appeal/