Help Refugees By Dancing To Paloma Faith And Peace

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Help Refugees By Dancing To Paloma Faith And Peace

Paloma Faith, indie kids du jour Peace and an as-yet-unannounced secret special guest will be playing the O2 Forum in Kentish Town in a bid to raise £80,000 to help refugees fleeing Middle East wars.

There will also be performances from various musicians who are refugees themselves and Katharine Hamnett, creator of the 80’s slogan T-shirt, has donated her slogan "Choose Love" — a twist on her iconic Choose Life idiom.

Help Refugees started when Radio X presenter Lliana Bird, writer and TV presenter Dawn O’Porter, activist and comedian Heydon Prowse and friend Josie Naughton set up the hashtag #HelpCalais to raise money and collect goods to take to the unofficial refugee camp Calais. The public response was huge and the group has since formed a charity which works in Calais, Kos, Lesvos and other parts of Greece, supporting grassroots groups and volunteers to provide basic needs of those fleeing conflict.

Lliana said: "When we put out a call for help in August we never dreamed that we would get this far with our efforts and see this much love and support towards the refugees crisis. To have Paloma Faith and Peace, plus the special guests, all coming together to help raise even further funds really is a dream come true."

Help Refugees, 22 November, O2 Forum, Kentish Town. Tickets £40 (no booking fee) available from Ticketmaster. You can buy a Choose Love T-shirt for £19 and find more information on the website.

Last Updated 19 November 2015