Friends in Tune With Local Health

9th September 2021

Photo by Rebecca Rowan

Choir singing benefits health and happiness, and the Friends of St Monica’s Hospital (FOSMH) has given a local choir a boost under its grant-making scheme. “Singing for All” organised by Jessa Liversedge is the latest group to be given much needed funds by FOSMH. And, according to Oxford University in a 2015 study, local people taking part could enhance their immune system, improve breathing and posture, and gain pain relief.

Jessa said:

“I am so grateful to the Friends of St Monica’s for the grant.

Singing For All sessions have been bringing people together and helping reduce loneliness and isolation in Easingwold since 2017, through the unique combination of songs, tea, cake, and good company. The last 16 months have been challenging – online sessions have been a lifeline but many Singing For All regulars without Internet access haven’t been able to take part.

This FOSMH grant will help me to re-launch the much missed in-person Singing For All sessions, allowing me to continue with the free places for carers and keep the sessions going, as I gradually build the group back up to its pre-Covid place at the heart of the Easingwold community.”

Chair of the FOSMH Grants Committee, Dr Ian Jackson, commented:

“Helping physical and mental health of local people is paramount in how we decide who we give grants to. Singing for All fits right into this and is an example of how FOSMH is becoming ever-more active in supporting health initiatives in the Easingwold area”

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