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Frequently Asked Questions

#CookForSYRIA is a global fundraising initiative curated by Clerkenwell Boy and SUITCASE Magazine in partnership with Unicef NEXTGeneration London. #CookForSYRIA started as a simple supper club, where a group of foodie friends came together to celebrate Syrian cuisine and raise money to help Unicef protect Syrian children. Now it’s a global movement, and everybody is invited to the table. From cookbooks to supper clubs, #CookForSYRIA is raising vital funds for Unicef with support from the world’s top chefs, restaurants and volunteers.

Is this a one-off event?

  • There will be a fundraising dinner held at Petersham Nurseries to celebrate one year of #CookForSYRIA on 9 November 2017, with tickets available on Eventbrite. Additionally we’re hosting a #BakeForSYRIA pop-up at Old Spitalfields Market on 18 November 2017
  • In addition to the unique fundraising dinner, we have invited other top chefs & restaurants across London and the UK to participate in the #CookForSYRIA campaign throughout November
  • They can do this by volunteering to re-invent their signature dishes with a Syrian-inspired twist. A minimum of £2 per dish served will go Unicef’s children of Syria appeal
  • #CookForSYRIA is truly a global movement now with events held in France, Hong Kong, Australia, USA, and beyond.

I’m not a chef but want to get involved. What can I do?

  • The campaign has been designed to encourage everyone to get involved. You don’t even need to leave your house to participate in the #CookForSYRIA campaign
  • Anyone can get involved by planning their own Syrian-inspired supper club or bake sale and sharing the images online to raise awareness (in addition to fundraising).
  • People can donate or share recipes and encourage others to #CookForSYRIA as well.

How can I send in my funds raised?

Whether you’re raised money via a supper club or bake sale, there are a few ways you can send in your funds:

Online via Justgiving page:

  • If you set up a JustGiving page and you only raised money online, then you do not need to do anything further. The funds from your page come directly to Unicef UK.
  • If you have also raised money in cash we advise you to pay them into your bank account and make the donation to your own JustGiving page (please ensure not to claim gift aid on the donation) or transfer it via your bank.

Bank transfer:

  • If you’d like to send Unicef UK your funds via a bank transfer you can do this online or in branch.
  • Unicef UK’s bank details are:
  • The UK Committee for Unicef – Donations Account, HSBC Plc., PO Box 4BQ
  • 133 Regent Street
  • London W1B 4HX.
  • Account Number: 91566814
  • Sort Code: 40-06-02
  • In order for Unicef UK to confirm they received your bank payment and thank you for your support, please email donations@unicef.org.uk with your first name, last name, amount transferred, date of bank transfer and mention that you raised it for #CookForSYRIA.

Sending cheques:

  • If you’d like to send in your funds via a cheque, please direct it to Donations Team, Unicef UK, 30a Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DU, London, United Kingdom.
  • In order for Unicef UK to confirm they received your cheque payment and thank you for your support, please include a note with your first name, last name, email address and mention that you raised it for #CookForSYRIA.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please email cookforsyria@unicef.org.uk with any fundraising queries. Reach us at hello@cookforsyria.com for media, restaurant, and all other queries.

Can I get involved with #CookForSYRIA at my school?

Yes! ‘Schools #BakeForSYRIA’ is a brand-new initiative, asking schools to ‘bake’ a real difference, get creative, try a Syrian-inspired recipe and fundraise to help Unicef protect Syrian children this winter. Find out more and get free resources tailored for schools, on the Unicef website.

Why raise money for UNICEF?

  • As an apolitical organisation, Unicef is one of the only charities that can get access in hard to reach conflict zones in Syria.
  • Unicef takes a leading role in the region, coordinating various NGOs and supporting local partner charities on the ground
  • Unicef achieves almost unrivalled economies of scale which means more of your donations can go straight to the cause.

Where does the money go? What portion actually goes to UNICEF?

  • All funds raised from #CookForSYRIA benefit Unicef’s children of Syria appeal. Unicef UK registered charity 1072612 (England and Wales).
  • Your funds will go where they are needed most at the time to protect Syrian children in Syria and the surrounding regions (refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon etc.) Funds will go towards clean water and nutrition for children, maintaining children’s livelihoods in a safe environment, and developing infrastructures where children can continue their education.

How much do you plan to raise?

As much as possible! The sky is the limit. Since launching in 2016, #CookForSYRIA has raised more than £350,000 worldwide.

What is Syrian cuisine?

Why Syria?

The ongoing conflict in Syria has caused the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with the lives of more than 8 million children in danger. Many have lost family, friends and schools and have been forced to flee their homes. 50% of all Syrian refugees are children and boys as young as 7 are being recruited to fight. The risk of losing a generation grows with every day that current situation deteriorates.

What has UNICEF done for the crisis to date? (2015)

Inside Syria:

  • More than 7.9 million people were provided with access to safe water
  • Two rounds of polio vaccination campaigns reached over 2.9 million children. No new polio cases have been reported in the country since January 2014.
  • Over 1 million children, including in hard to reach areas, accessed learning material through the printing and distribution of text books. This was done at a time when printing was no longer possible locally because of damage to infrastructure.
  • Nearly 841,000 children received psychological support.

In the neighbouring countries, UNICEF and partners:

  • Provided over 2.5 million people with safe drinking and domestic water.
  • Vaccinated over 16 million children under 5 against polio.
  • Helped more than 630,000 refugee children enrol in formal education.
  • Provided over 377,000 children with psychosocial support services
  • Provided around 184,000 children under 5 with multi-micronutrient supplements including Vitamin A.
  • Reached over 139,000 children with winter supplies including blankets, clothes, heating supplies, cash and vouchers.

Who is involved?

  • Unicef’s NEXTGeneration London – a global Unicef initiative bringing together diverse groups of young professionals who are committed to helping transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Unicef’s NEXTGeneration London is a trading name of Unicef UK used by those involved in the group for their specific fundraising activities.
  • Clerkenwell Boy – Top Foodie Instagrammer (145k+ followers), Editor @London on Instagram (~2m followers), Contributor @SUITCASEmag, Judge @the_YBFs & #ESRestaurantAwards, Power 1000 ‘Most Influential People in London’
  • Serena Guen of SUITCASE Magazine – Founder and CEO @SUITCASEmag, “25 under 25” most influential Londoners (Evening Standard), the “Mark Zuckerberg of publishing” (Bloomberg), “Woman of the Future” Award for Media, Founding Member UNICEF’s Next Generation London
  • Gemma Bell – Founder & director at one of London’s leading restaurant PR agencies, working with top chefs, restaurateurs, bars and hotels across London and around the world
  • Unicef UK – All funds raised from #CookForSYRIA benefit Unicef’s children of Syria appeal. Unicef UK registered charity 1072612 (England and Wales).

How will my data be handled?

If you supply any personal data via the #CookForSYRIA website, it will be processed by Unicef UK, beneficiary of the #CookForSyria campaign.

Unicef will process your data in a fair, transparent and lawful way, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations.

Unicef UK will only use your data for the purpose of providing you with #CookForSYRIA campaign related updates. Unicef UK will not contact you about any other services, products and information, unless you are already a Unicef UK supporter and have previously agreed to receive updates about Unicef UK work.

Visit Unicef UK’s privacy statement and terms & conditions to learn more.

Supper club prize draw terms and conditions

This prize draw is being run by Unicef UK. In leaving your details you confirm you have read and agree to the terms of this specific prize draw as described below.

  • The prize will include a hamper with exclusive food products from top chefs and restaurants. Food products included in the hamper will not be suitable for those with nut or other food allergies. The hamper will only include dried or other shelf stable food products.
  • The prize draw closes on Sunday, 17th December 2017 at 11:00 PM. The prize will be delivered to the winner by post or courier, and delivery of the prize is dependent on the winner supplying personal delivery details to Unicef UK.
  • The winner’s name and county will be available upon request within 7 days of the closing date of the prize draw by emailing cookforsyria@unicef.org.uk.
  • The winner consents to having their name and county published for promotional purposes, unless prior notice is given.
  • The winner will be chosen by an random selection computer process by Unicef UK and the winning entrant will be notified via email within 24 hours to arrange prize fulfilment.
  • In order to be eligible for the prize draw you must have registered your details, and have set up a JustGiving page.
  • Please note the prize draw is open to those over the age of 18 only.
  • We only accept entries from the United Kingdom.
  • The prize draw is not open to employees of Unicef UK or NEXTGen steering committee members.
  • This prize is non-exchangeable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  • The Promoter of this prize draw is Unicef UK of Unicef House, 30 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0DU.
  • The Promoter reserves the right to cancel, suspend, amend, or hold void the promotion at any time.
  • The Promoter’s decision of any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding, and the Promoter will not enter into correspondence about it.
  • The prize draw will be governed by English law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.


Guaranteeing the health and safety of your guests at your #CookForSYRIA or #BakeForSYRIA event is your own responsibility. Unicef UK or Unicef NEXTGeneration London will not be liable for any health or safety related issues arising from your event.