Uk,
09
March
2016
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13:02
Europe/London

Simplyhealth encourages people to love their lungs

Simplyhealth is working with The British Lung Foundation to help boost the overall wellbeing of people living with lung conditions as well as its own people.

The British Lung Foundation will benefit from a donation of £41,900 from the UK’s leading cash plan provider towards expanding and developing its Singing for Lung Health (SLH) programme. The sessions, which are designed to be enjoyable and stimulating, include a variety of breathing exercises and songs as well as helping with symptoms of living with lung conditions.  The funds will provide training for singing instructors, identifying areas of need, developing more groups and measuring long and short term impact on people’s lung health.

Specialist respiratory health care professionals from The British Lung Foundation will visit Simplyhealth’s offices in Andover, Leeds, Manchester and Winchester throughout March. The visits will give employees the opportunity to learn more about their lung health and also provide insight on the physical damage caused by smoking, with useful advice on giving up.

Mark Hamson, Chairman of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee
We’re delighted to be working with British Lung Foundation by supporting its Singing for Lung Health programme, with the lung checks also benefitting our own employees.  Wellbeing is really important to people’s everyday health and it’s fantastic that the singing support groups make such a difference to people’s everyday lives.  We look forward to welcoming The British Lung Foundation into our offices to help us find out more about our own lung health.
Mark Hamson, Chairman of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee
It’s really encouraging that companies like Simplyhealth care so much about the wellbeing and health of its employees. Thanks to this very generous donation from Simplyhealth, we are able to help hundreds of people every month through our Singing for Lung Health groups.  Research has found that singing can have positive benefits, especially for people living with chronic lung conditions.  Singing can help reduce shortness of breath, better manage symptoms, as well as improve confidence and overall wellbeing.
Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive, The British Lung Foundation

To find out more about The British Lung Foundation and Singing for Lung Health groups, visit www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/singing-for-lung-health

Notes to Editors

The Love your lung sessions took place on the following dates:

  • 02 and 04 March - Andover
  • 09 March - Manchester
  • 10 March - Leeds
  • 11 March - Winchester