Words by Smiley Team
In a concerted effort to support war victims in Ukraine, live music venue The Piano Works is calling on other restaurants, food outlets and venues to join them in The Hospitality Ukraine Appeal.
They urge 150 operators from venues across the UK to join their two London venues in asking guests to add £1 to every cover or give a donation per drink. Meanwhile, the venue has produced a charity music single and created two new cocktails from which a portion of the proceeds will go to Ukraine.
All money raised will be sent to the British Red Cross, one of the charities on the front line delivering emergency supplies and support to civilians hit by the war.
Tristan Moffat, the operational director at The Piano Works, told Sky News: “We, like millions of people across the country and thousands of businesses, are heartbroken for the people of Ukraine who have had their lives turned upside down by this terrible situation.”
Musicians at The Piano Works have worked on a cover of Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’, from which all streaming profits will support the British Red Cross.
For the next three months, the bar will serve two £8 cocktails from which £2 will help people in Ukraine. A bright blue and yellow cocktail called Sky Above Grain is intended to signify the sky, freedom and Ukraine’s wheat fields. The other cocktail, Sunflower Power, is based on the national flower of Ukraine.
Estimating from their average weekly customers, The Piano Works hopes to raise about £4000 a week from these multiple funding sources.
“If that’s just two venues and we unite the whole industry together, imagine what thousands of venues could do,” said Tristan.
“We’re really keen to do our bit so show support and solidarity to the people of Ukraine,” he added.
DONATE: To help The Piano Works raise more funds for Ukraine, donate to The Hospitality Ukraine Appeal.
STREAM THE SINGLE: To spread the word about The Hospitality Ukraine Appeal, stream and share their charity single.