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23 November

13th November 2007

A reminder that on Friday the 23rd of November, there will be a charity
evening of Russian art and music in aid of Humanitarian Programmes Support
Charitable Foundation (HPSCF) at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square.

The ticket price of �25 includes Russian champagne and vodka, traditional
zakuski, an exhibition and auction of highly collectable Russian paintings
from the 1930s to the 1960s (provided by Soviet art specialists
www.easthillgallery.com), and music from the period. All proceeds raised
by ticket sales will go to support HPSCF's work with disabled children and
their families in Moscow, including a nine-month structured programme of
therapeutic playgroups for children (with individualised support from a
speech therapist) with a parallel programme of counselling and group
therapy for parents. There will be time to meet and talk with Russian
project staff and a parent volunteer at the event.

HPSCF (www.fpgp.ru) was founded in Moscow in 1998 with the mission of
improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families in
Russia, and in partnership with British charity Home Farm Trust
(www.hft.org.uk) has developed a range of support services for these
families. Children they work with have been variously diagnosed as having
cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, autism, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida,
brain tumour, schizophrenia, epilepsy and other congenital or acquired
conditions. Some children are wheelchair users; some also have sight,
hearing and speech impairments. Most have some kind of intellectual or
learning disability. HPSCF work with all families who approach them for
support, and have gained a reputation as one of the few providers who
won't turn 'difficult' children away. Helen Mirren has recently agreed to
become patron of the charity, which is an
exciting and welcome recognition of their hard work.

Come and eat, drink and be merry with friends old and new, while
supporting a very worthy cause! Doors open at 6pm, and tickets are
available from [removed]

Regards
Ute

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