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Singing sessions to improve patients’ lung health

Regular singing sessions have been introduced at The Royal London Hospital to help patients with chronic lung disease, thanks to Dr Anna Moore’s fundraising.

  • Date: August 19, 2020

Singing for better lung health

Dr Anna Moore is a respiratory specialist working at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s hospitals.  Growing evidence suggests the benefits singing can have on lung health. These include reducing breathlessness and improving wellbeing.

Anna wanted to start a singing group to help her patients and improve the care they’re given. We provided initial funding to set up the group and this was then increased with Anna’s own creative fundraising.

The weekly sessions, which began this week, are led by a specially trained ‘Singing for Lung Health’ facilitator and take place at The Royal London Hospital every Tuesday at 1pm.

Walking, singing and fundraising

In August, Anna raised over £1,000 by taking on 42-miles of the Pennine Way on her walk with a twist. Participants in the epic walk had to sing songs related to breathing the whole time. These included Bach’s ‘Air on a G string’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Breathe’.

Before the event, Anna said: “None of us are singing pros, more shower standard, but we love hiking and over the August bank holiday will be walking the Pennine Way while enthusiastically singing all the songs we can think of on the theme of breathing.”

Dr Anna Moore, group facilitator Joanna and advocates John and Sonia walking the Pennine Way

Inspirational champion

We want to thank Anna for her inventive fundraising efforts, and her dedication to improving the care given to those with chronic lung disease.

Inspired by Anna’s creative fundraising and want to take on your own challenge? Whether you want to sing, bake, run or skydive, there are plenty of ways you can fundraise to support us.

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