'Singing in the Highlands'
Our project manager Anne has been working with NHS Highlands to create 'Singing in the Highlands' for people with respiratory diseases. We have been included on an excellent Respiratory Resource Hub and hope to have a "Singing for Breathing' Zoom up and running by April led by one of our specially trained singing group leaders.
March in March
Hello Cheyne Gang!
Clare Watson, our choir leader for the Coldstream group, has embarked on a ‘March in March’ to raise money for The Cheyne Gang!
Walking from her front door for the next two weeks whatever the weather, Clare will be marching on!
To find out more and donate, please visit Clare’s local giving page https://localgiving.org/fundraising/claresmanythreads/
“My name is Clare and from Monday 15th March I am going to walk for 10 days, over 2 weeks, to raise money for The Cheyne Gang, an organisation that works with singing for breathing. This is becoming even more important as people develop Long Covid, many of whom experience breathlessness. I have been involved with The Cheyne Gang for a year, now and they are a very inspiring bunch of women.”
Thank you Clare and thank you all xx! We are constantly seeking ways to raise funds, and we are finding it more difficult at the moment when we're up against big charities when submitting funding applications.
To find out more about Clare and her work visit her website.
Love and Friendship Always Find a Way
We proudly present our song and video that was inspired by our members’ experiences during the lockdown. The song is written by Caro Overy, the singing group leader for our Leith Group. It is performed by our singing group leaders and our team. The photos on the video are of members, staff and supporters of the Cheyne Gang. Most of our members are vulnerable and susceptible to the worst that Covid-19 offers. Many of them have been shielding to one degree or another since March so we have been unable to hold any of our regular sessions, where they can meet to sing, socialise and support one another.
This project was part of our ongoing drive to keep our members connected with one another and to continue to provide them with breathing exercises and songs to help maintain their respiratory health, particularly as we as we are unable to meet for the foreseeable future.
Please consider donating to the Cheyne Gang so that we can continue our work.
The Cheyne Gang Has a Patron!
We are delighted and very grateful to announce that Barbara Dickson has agreed to be our patron. A Scottish singing legend, Barbara really understands the importance of singing. We are looking forward to working with her in the coming months and years. ❤
Here is a message from her on World COPD Day.
“I’d like to say how pleased I am to be associated with The Cheyne Gang and to lend my support to their sterling efforts. Singing is fundamental to my life and I can’t image being without it. But to sing, you need air, which translates to power and that, to communication. The world is all about connections and I’m happy to stand with The Cheyne Gang to breathe!!”
The Cheyne Gang on the BBC!
Listen back to the BBC Radio Scotland feature about The Cheyne Gang on The Afternoon Show with Grant Stott from 24/06/20.
You’ll hear Lorna O’Donnell, Anne and Julie talk about how much The Cheyne Gang means to so many people and how we have adapted during the global pandemic.
If none of our locations are suitable for you, please feel free to enjoy as much of our online content as you like.
Alternatively, another singing for breathing group that we would recommend in the Lothian area is The Warblers.
The Warblers is a singing group in East Lothian and Midlothian for anyone with a chronic lung condition who run weekly singing for people with lung conditions in East Lothian and Midlothian.
For more information please visit:
Introduction to Mindfulness
Anna set up her own coaching and training business in 2015. She offers a diverse range of services to support individuals and groups at significant moments in their personal and professional lives, so they can thrive. She focuses on supporting people to bring our their best so they can find their own solutions to overcome challenges and build resilience. Using mindfulness is just one small part of her work.
Anna sings with ‘Sing in the City’ choir in Edinburgh and has been offering mindfulness sessions via Zoom to the members who are socially isolating to help them through this difficult time when they can’t meet, socialise and sing together. She has kindly shared an introduction to Mindfulness with us. You can follow her on Facebook and find more information about her business on her website.
Here are a few links for more information about Anna:
Anne discusses our plans for the next few months and what we are doing to keep The Cheyne Gang singing at home.
Edinburgh University/Our Health Update
The team of Edinburgh University/Our Health students, that has been working with the Charteris and Oxgangs groups, have sent us video messages with their lockdown news.
Thank you to them for keeping the Cheyne Gang in mind during this crisis.
Our Health - Introduction
Our Health - Introduction
Our Health - Individual Video - Amina
Our Health - individual video - Aimee
A very insipational video that was passed on by Julie who is the Voice Coach for our Tweed Valley Innerleithen Group.
Thanks to Gillian McLaren Scott for her continued support and her kind words in this Facebook post on World Voice Day.
For those of you without Facebook her words and a video she filmed can be seen below.
World Voice Day 2020 - Let's celebrate the wonderful work of the Cheyne Gang, a charity working with people living with long term respiratory conditions and currently doing a fantastic job supporting their choir members during this difficult time.
Find out more about the charity on their website: https://www.thecheynegang.com
Let's help them find a louder voice for the future!