£115,000 boost for singing group helping fight long Covid

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A community project which started in Torbay celebrates after receiving a £115,000 grant from the National Lottery.

Wren Music has received the grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, the UK’s largest community activity funder, to organize singing groups for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions respiratory, including the long Covid.

Beginning as a pilot program in Torbay, the Singing for Wellness initiative has now expanded to include East and West Devon.

The group uses songs and vocal exercises to help relieve symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness.

One participant replied that “it makes physio fun! »

As much as the group helps with the physical effects of respiratory conditions, it also serves to aid the mental well-being of participants, providing a community of understanding and support.

Those on the program have had to self-isolate more than most in 2020 and 2021 and the project is much needed as they continue to feel the effects of the pandemic.

Marilyn Tucker, Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer of Okehampton-based Wren Music, said: “Wren Music would like to extend a huge thank you to the National Lottery players for allowing us to roll out this project.

“The project helps people with COPD and others with breathing difficulties by addressing both their physical health and social needs. It provides them with a happy social place to meet, many of whom are only now returning to the in-person events after the Covid pandemic.”

The project aims to produce a resource to help other singing groups support people with respiratory conditions, allowing the positive results of this funding to continue and multiply.

Rowan Miller, Fundraising Manager for the South West at the National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this vital funding will have a huge impact on the lives of people across the South West. Our funding plays an important role in helping communities unlock their potential and it’s great to see groups like Wren Music making a positive difference and continuing to help their communities thrive.

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