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01 JUNE 2017

Happy International Children’s Day!

1 June. Today is International Children's Day - a date dedicated to raising awareness about child well being and rights. As a charity working with and for children, Gift of Life sends the best regards to all patients and their families, donors, supporters, partners, volunteers, patrons and trustees, and the...

11 MAY 2017

Poetry saves life when comes from the heart

A charity evening “There Is No Love More Fierce Than Friendship” with artists of famous Sovremennik Theatre Chulpan and Shamil Khamatov was indeed a gift of poetry and empathy, and pure delight to everyone who came to see it at Pushkin House and watched online on 7 May. Based on...

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04 MAY 2017

Help little Sophia to survive sarcoma!

Sophia Pivovarova Diagnosis: Ewing's sarcoma Date of birth: 18 April 2013 Residence: Sevastopol Gift of Life has been raising funds to pay for Sophia's surgery in partnership with Banya No.1 - a proper Russian Bath Club in London. To help Sophia and mark The International Day for Protection of Children, Banya will donate £2 from each...

03 MAY 2017

Singing and humour saves lives!

£229,000 was raised for children fighting cancer in Russia at the concert of Semyon Slepakov in aid of Gift of Life in London on International Workers’ Day. On Sunday night, 1 May 2017, Gift of Life hosted an exclusive concert at the Under the Bridge music club. Starring celebrated Russian...

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24 APRIL 2017

Thanks to our faith, the illness didn’t have a chance

Everyone who’s worked at the foundation for a while remembers our star for April, Seryozha Svyatkin—not someone you could forget. Seryozha spent four years being treated at the Dmitry Rogachev Centre for Paediatric Haematology in Moscow, and another two in St Petersburg before that. Today, Seryozha is no longer running...

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19 APRIL 2017

Illness as a positive life-changing experience

Ignaty Dyakov from St Petersburg, known across the UK as a linguist, Russian teacher and coach, is preparing to walk the 100 km distance from London to Brighton within 24 hours in aid of the children in Gift of Life and Podari Zhizn’s care. Ignaty is dedicating this challenging journey,...

09 APRIL 2017

Semyon Slepakov with a charity concert on 1st May

Exclusive charity concert of stand-up comedy star Semyon Slepakov on 1 May at Under the Bridge in aid of Gift of Life and Podari Zhizn. Followed by drinks reception with the performer. Hosted by Chulpan Khamatova. Thanks to generosity of the sponsors, a limited number of tickets is available for...

Mothers Day
29 MARCH 2017

A mother’s love knows no limits

On Mother’s Day, we’d like to tell you about the greatest heroes we know—the mothers of the children in our care. Every day, they do something incredible, fighting for their children’s lives with no concern for themselves. Often, mother and child find themselves alone, without material support, with no housing...

Zhenya Vaneyeva
22 MARCH 2017

The life and philosophy of Zhenya Vaneeva

The spring calendar begins with the story of Zhenya Vaneeva, 23, who shares her experience of fighting cancer. It’s been nearly ten years since Zhenya first fell ill. Zhenya has graduated with a degree in journalism, joined the staff of the Gift of Life Foundation, and conducted all the interviews...