Photo: Going for a song: John Parkinson, HR GO Recruitment chief information officer, back row, with Helen Wathen, Kent MS Therapy Centre fundraising manager, right, Kim Lloyd, singing teacher, and singers.
The power of song is known to be helpful to people with serious health issues.
HR GO Recruitment, a national business based in Ashford with offices across Kent and the UK, is working with Kent MS Therapy Centre to support the valuable way it encourages people with MS and other conditions to sing out loud.
The Canterbury Centre fills with the sound of music every Friday when they meet up to sing their favourite songs.
They were in good voice when John Parkinson, HR GO chief information officer, popped into the Centre to present a £285 donation, taking the firm’s overall contribution to more than £600.
Sharon Wilding, marketing director and a Centre volunteer trustee, raised hundreds of pounds for the charity by completing the 10-mile Ashford Rotary Ramble.
John joined the singers in Stand by Me and other popular numbers. He said: “I was most impressed by the facilities at the Kent MS Therapy Centre. The singing group was well attended, it’s fantastic that something so enjoyable can also do us such a lot of good.”
Singing teacher Kim Lloyd leads the sessions. She said: “Singing is great therapy – it increases oxygen in the blood, exercises muscles and boosts endorphin levels.”
Karen Middlemiss, Centre manager for member support, added: “Donations from HR GO will allow us to offer free singing lessons to our members for the coming year. We’re all really grateful for your support.”