Every December we ask the nation to warm up their vocal chords so we can continue helping people to live happier, healthier, longer lives.
Our annual Sing for Your Heart event encourages choirs, singers and people alike all over the country to sing, whether in a train station, bus station or at home on the karaoke to raise money for Heart Research UK. Choirs and singers can sign up to sing at one of our organised city venues, but we also want to encourage everyone to set up their own events and sing to raise money for us.
Not only is singing a great way to raise money, research has shown that it's also good for your heart. It has been proven that singing not only warms the hearts of so many people all over the world but research shows that singing is also good for the heart, helping you to live a longer and healthier life.
Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years and he says the health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour."
Whilst we've just completed Sing for Your Heart 2014 we are already busy planning this year's events to make another successful campaign. There are many ways in which you can help from planning your own Sing for your Heart event to supporting one of our Sing for your Heart events by volunteering to collect for a couple of hours or recruiting your local choir, music group, singers to perform or why not go the extra mile and coordinate one of our events.
If you require further information or fundraising support please contact Faye in the fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 297 6216.