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Singing their way to better health.

People in Renfrewshire suffering from lung disease can make friends, have fun and literally sing off the same hymn sheet at a new singing group.

The British Lung Foundation has set up a singing group for anyone living with a lung condition in Paisley.

The classes, which are free, take place at 2pm on Tuesdays at the Methodist Central Hall in Gauze Street.

Trained musician Helen Alexander will be leading the group and says singing has many benefits for people with lung contitions.

"I've always appreciated how uplifting singing can be," she said.

"It's also a great way to socialize; you find great camaraderie within a singing group.

"This will be an easy way for people with lung conditions in Paisley to meet and have a chat."

Helen also maintains that singing helps with the symptoms of lung conditions.

"It may sound a little strange but singing really helps with lung disease," she added.

"When you sing you are working and exercising your diaphragm and therefore making it stronger. Coming along to singing group once a week will make all the difference, physically as well as mentally."

The groups, which are informal and welcome all ages and abilities, are being rolled out across the country.

Irene Johnstone, head of British Lung Foundation for Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: "There is increasing evidence that singing helps people living with lung conditions to preserve their lung function and quality of life.

"Since we started the singing programme in April 2015, there has been a huge amount of interest from people living with all types of lung conditions.

"The singing groups currently support many people living with a lung condition through weekly singing sessions. We hope the programme will continue to go from strength to strength".

For further information about the Paisley group contact Helen via email at singforlunghealth.paisley@gmail.com or by visiting https://www.blf.org.uk/support-in-your-area

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In tune Pianist Helen Alexander with Sandra Barr, Robert Walker and Margaret Steele

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Date:Feb 22, 2018
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