Category Archives: About Palmyra

Alan Rickman: 1946 – 2016

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On behalf of Palmyra Relief, we are saddened to hear of the death today of great humanitarian and actor, Alan Rickman.  We offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Rima Horton, as well as his family, friends and legions of fans.

Among his many countless humanitarian efforts, Alan was a founding patron and generous and tireless supporter of Palmyra Relief and our effort to provide prosthetic limbs for Syrian children. We were so very honored and humbled by his support for our cause, and his friendship.

Alan was a truly gracious, generous, talented, witty, charismatic and heart-felt force in this world. Rest in peace, Alan. You will be missed.



Palmyra Relief is on the UK Register of Charities

certificate-graphicWe are pleased to announce that as of 19 October 2015, Palmyra Relief is a registered charity in the United Kingdom. Our registered charity number is 1164020.

You can support Palmyra Relief with great confidence, knowing that the Charity Commission’s has carefully assessed Palmyra Relief and found that it legally meets the criteria as a registered charity, and that our purpose is set up for the public benefit.

Note: if you are a UK taxpayer, and make a donation to Palmyra Relief, your donation is tax-free. (For more information, see the Government’s Gift Aid web page.)

You can also donate straight from your wages or pension if your employer, company or personal pension provider runs a Payroll Giving scheme. This happens before tax is deducted from your income. Ask your employer or pension provider if they run a Payroll Giving scheme. The amount of tax relief you get depends on the rate of tax you pay.

A key step in making your donation tax-free is to fill out the Charity Gift Aid Donation form and emailing it to us at

You can view our full registered charity certificate (PDF) here.

Palmyra Relief’s Song: Sahdonee / Help Me

Popular Brazilian performer Nanny Assis has written and performed an original song for Palmyra Relief. The song is called “Sahdonee” (Help Me, in Arabic. )  He debuted the song at famed jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London, on 10 April 2014.

Sahdonee was written as a tribute to the children of Syria who have been wounded in the war, and the song has been dedicated to Palmyra Relief and its efforts to help provide prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation to Syrian children.

Here is a video of Nanny Assis performing Sahdonee, along with the song’s lyrics.

Palmyra Relief Launch Event

On Sunday, 13 April, we held the launch event for Palmyra Relief, at AlWaha Restaurant in London. We were pleased to have as special guests Palmyra Relief Patrons Alan Rickman and Rima Horton. Here are a few photos from the event.

During the event, Brazilian-Lebanese performer Nanny Assis performed a new song he wrote for Palmyra Relief, called “Sahdonee” (Help Me).

Maria Decker, Palmyra Relief Board member Franca Fiabane, and Palmyra Patrons Alan Rickman and Rima Horton

Maria Decker, Palmyra Relief Board member Franca Fiabane, and Palmyra Patrons Alan Rickman and Rima Horton

Palmyra Relief Founder Mohammed Antabli, and performer Nanny Assis

Palmyra Relief Founder Mohammed Antabli, and performer Nanny Assis

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Crafts and artwork created by Syrian refugees were displayed

Syrian Refugee Mohammed Talks About Losing His Mother, Grandmother, Little Brother and His Legs

Please help the children of Syria by sharing this video of young Mohammed, who lost his mother, grandmother, little brother, and both his legs, and is now a refugee in Istanbul. Palmyra Relief is helping him get prosthetic legs and rehabilitative care.

For the Children of Syria

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
– J.W. Goethe