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Successful first fundraiser for Bishop's Stortford Breathe Easy Group



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Rhodes Centre, South Street, Bishops Stortford. Fundraising coffee morning for Breathe Easy group. l-r: Norma Eldred, Lesley Higham, Teresa Gover, Cynthia Atkinson, Terry Rhoda and Maggie Clarke. Pic: Vikki Lince
Rhodes Centre, South Street, Bishops Stortford. Fundraising coffee morning for Breathe Easy group. l-r: Norma Eldred, Lesley Higham, Teresa Gover, Cynthia Atkinson, Terry Rhoda and Maggie Clarke. Pic: Vikki Lince

A new community group for people with breathing problems struck the right note with its first fundraiser - to hire a singer.

Rhodes Centre, South Street, Bishops Stortford. Fundraising coffee morning for Breathe Easy group. l-r: Norma Eldred, Lesley Higham, Teresa Gover, Cynthia Atkinson, Terry Rhoda and Maggie Clarke. Pic: Vikki Lince
Rhodes Centre, South Street, Bishops Stortford. Fundraising coffee morning for Breathe Easy group. l-r: Norma Eldred, Lesley Higham, Teresa Gover, Cynthia Atkinson, Terry Rhoda and Maggie Clarke. Pic: Vikki Lince

If you are living with a lung condition, the Bishop’s Stortford Breathe Easy Group is on hand to provide friendship, support and camaraderie.

Members – all of whom have lung problems – meet on the third Thursday of every month, between 2pm and 4pm. The sessions provide an opportunity for them to learn how to manage their conditions and meet others who understand the challenges they face.

The group was launched about 18 months ago by Cllr Diane Hollebon, a member of Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and East Herts District Council who has a long-term lung condition herself.

She said that sometimes a member might arrive at the session looking glum, but by the end of the two hours they have perked up and leave smiling. “That really makes my day,” she said.

Rhodes Centre, South Street, Bishops Stortford. Fundraising coffee morning for Breathe Easy group. Breathe Easy Group founder Diane Hollebon. Pic: Vikki Lince
Rhodes Centre, South Street, Bishops Stortford. Fundraising coffee morning for Breathe Easy group. Breathe Easy Group founder Diane Hollebon. Pic: Vikki Lince

During the sessions, the group may welcome a guest speaker or a specialist, such as a doctor or physiotherapist who can advise on ways to manage lung conditions, including how best to utilise asthma inhalers.

The group also take part in activities. One session, where members sang together, proved to be very popular. In addition to enjoying themselves, they learned about breathing techniques and lung expansion.

The group’s first fundraising event, a coffee and cake morning, took place at Rhodes arts complex, supported by members and their friends as well as local councillors.

The town’s Waitrose and Tesco stores, Thorley Park cafe Alberts and volunteers provided the cakes free. The team at Rhodes provided hot drinks.

Rhodes Centre, South Street, Bishops Stortford. Fundraising coffee morning for Breathe Easy group. Tom and Hilary McNeeney (c) Pic: Vikki Lince
Rhodes Centre, South Street, Bishops Stortford. Fundraising coffee morning for Breathe Easy group. Tom and Hilary McNeeney (c) Pic: Vikki Lince

Money raised by the event will be spent on future sessions. It was suggested the funds could be used to book a professional singer to lead another musical session.



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