A NEW singing group for anyone living with a lung condition is being launched in Renfrewshire.

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is behind the group, which will stage free singing sessions at the Methodist Central Halls, in Gauze Street, Paisley, at 2pm on Tuesdays.

The charity has said the aim is to make sure the classes are not just fun, but can also make a positive difference to each singer’s lung health.

Helen Alexander, who is leading the Paisley group, added: “Coming from a background of choral singing, I’ve always appreciated how uplifting singing can be. It’s also a great way to socialise, as you find great camaraderie within a singing group.

“This will be an easy way for people with lung conditions in the Paisley area to meet and have a chat – and to improve their symptoms at the same time.

“I’m looking forward to showing people how the physical exercise of singing can improve their lung health and I know we’ll have fun while doing it.”

Irene Johnstone, head of the BLF in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “There is increasing evidence that singing helps people living with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to preserve their lung function and quality of life."

Singers can register for the Paisley group by calling Helen on 0747 408 2380 or sending an email to singforlunghealth.paisley@gmail.com.

People are also welcome to go along to the Tuesday afternoon sessions, even if they are not registered.