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Christmas Calling: Get your Concert Tickets Now!

Holly Please join us for

an Evening of Carols

for Choir and Audience

with Seasonal Readings 


St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden

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Friday 11th December 2015 at 7.30pm

 The proceeds from the concert will go towards funding Professor Jeremy Brown’s research at UCL into Bronchiectasis 

 BM Holst-Singers

The Holst Singers is one of Britain’s foremost choirs

and has been described by the BBC

as a leading chorus on the international stage”.

In concert, the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as

“interactive concert going at its most revelatory”.


We are delighted that Jessica Ransom is coming to give a reading for us at this year’s concert. Jessica Ransom is a British actress, born in Sheffield. Her television appearances include Series 4 and 6 of Horrible Histories and Series 5 onwards of Doc Martin as medical receptionist, Morwenna Newcross. 


Tickets are £25 and are available from:


Many thanks to Dial2Donate who is kindly helping with advertising of this event   


Just Give It Up!

no smokingHave you tried quitting smoking before or have you persuaded yourself that your genes will protect you from the ravages of cigarettes?

First, think of why you should stop smoking and then, when you have decided to (and this might be the difficult step), take the first teeny weeny step. You do not have to throw all your cigarettes away for good – although that might be one approach. Take a small step, develop a new habit and, once it is taken, you are on the road to being an ‘ex-smoker’.  Keep taking little steps that help you develop little habits and you will achieve your aim.

Take Small Steps

What smalls teps can you take?  Try these:

  1. Develop a disgust for cigarettes. Spend 5 minutes each day imaging the toxic smoke filling your lungs and turning them black, and large globs of fat being deposited in the blood vessels of your brain, heart and legs. The surgeon teeing you up for an amputation operation, etc. Remind yourself of this every time you smoke.
  2. Toss a coin each day. Heads you smoke that day, tails you don’t.   Or, if that is too difficult, ‘tails’ you don’t smoke until midday or something similar. Keep this going for a year and you may reduce your intake by 50% (provided you don’t smoke twice as many on the smoking days).  On smoke-free days, have a shower, wash your hair, put on clean clothes and enjoy the fresh smell that you exude.
  3. Take fewer draws from each cigarette (you are going to have to be honest here).
  4. As an incentive, you could get yourself sponsored for giving up smoking and help a charity at the same time – a ‘Charity Quit’, if you will!
  5. Make the first step to getting expert help.  You can get excellent help from the following:

No matter how small your first step, it is a first step and it will be difficult – if it wasn’t, everyone would do it.  Keep in mind the pluses of being an EX-smoker.  Reward yourself for even a small achievement (not with a cigarette please).

Here are some of the reasons why you should quit (this is taken directly from

Health Benefits

  • You will reduce your risk of developing illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.
  • You will reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems.
  • You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke.
  • You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear.
  • You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
  • You will improve your breathing and general fitness.
  • You will enjoy the taste of food more.

Your lifestyle WILL improve (after the short term discomfort)

  • You will save money – as much as several hundred pounds a month, if you’re a heavy smoker.  Perhaps some of this ‘spare’ money could be given to charity!
  • You will no longer smell of stale tobacco.
  • The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve.
  • You will feel more confident in social situations – you won’t be worrying about the second-hand smoke you create anymore.
  • As a non-smoker, you may even find you get approached more often by potential new friends and partners when out socialising.
  • Your home will smell fresh and you will no longer be staining your walls with tar.
  • You will reduce the risk of fire in your home.

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IPF Awareness Week WebTV Show 5.10.15

Join Dr Klaus Dugi and Steven Wibberley on this live, interactive and informative show where we discuss the serious disease IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis).

Show : 05 October 2015 at 14:00  hours

With Evel Knievel among its famous sufferers, Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a very serious and ultimately fatal interstitial lung disease, killing more people in the UK than leukaemia. However, many of us have never even heard of the condition let alone the severity of it meaning it is often spotted very late.

On this special live and interactive show, broadcast during World IPF week to raise awareness, we are joined by Dr Klaus Dugi (Medical Director, Boehringer Ingleheim UK and Ireland) and Steven Wibberley, (Chief Operating Officer, British Lung Foundation) as they educate us on how to spot the signs and symptoms in yourself and in other people, the importance of early diagnosis and treatment and enlighten us on everything you may not have known about IPF.

Submit your questions prior or during the live show  and to also watch the show live at 2pm on Monday 5th October