IT was a fun and singalong welcome to the New Year for members of Breathe Easy Causeway.
Talented young singers, Lyndsey Henry and Laura Jayne Hegarty, nieces of Group Chairperson, Marie Hegarty, thoroughly deserved the plaudits of an enthusiastic audience, who later tucked into a tasty supper.
Laura Jayne is studying for her “A” levels at Coleraine Girls High School, and has been involved with music since an early age – taking part in choirs, and school plays.
She has played piano since she was six years old, and singing professionally since third year.
Currently LJ is working towards her Diploma in Piano and Voice, and during the summer had the opportunity to attend a residential after being accepted as a member of the Ulster Youth Training Choir.
Lyndsey is a qualified nurse who worked in A&E at Causeway Hospital, Coleraine, and is presently mid-way through her Midwifery training at Queens.
She has been singing since very young age and performs at concerts and weddings and went on to record a CD to raise money for Macmillan.
She is actively involved in the Arts Festival production for Finvoy YFC.
Chairperson Marie said: “Throughout the year members have worked diligently at awareness promotion and fund raising to help raise the profile of what is being done to combat serious lung disease.
“Our commitment and enterprise has helped us win a series of top British Lung Foundation awards and the Group has raised well over £100,000 during the past decade.
“It was decided that we should have an evening of entertainment and good craic on our first meeting of the New Year.”
Mrs Nessie Blair, Service Development Manager for BLF in NI, said: “The girls gave us a jubilant start to the New Year. However, it will soon be back to serious BLF business.”
First step on the agenda is a Service Users Event at the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown, to review the standards in the Respiratory Services Framework for NI.
This is an ideal opportunity for service users to voice their opinion on standards of respiratory care.
This event is being organised jointly by the British Lung Foundation in NI, Asthma UK and Chest, Heart and Stroke NI.
A Breathe Easy Causeway delegation will be attending to express their views and concerns on respiratory healthcare, particularly in the North-West and North-East areas.
Already preliminary plans are being made to highlight No-Smoking day, this year scheduled for 12 March.
Forthcoming Breathe Easy meeings
6 February: “Bowel Cancer Awareness” – Rugby Club, Coleraine 12 – 2pm
6 March: “Respiratory Medicines Use – Review” – Rugby Club, Coleraine 12 – 2pm
3 April: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme and Maintenance Programme – content and benefits – Rugby Club, Coleraine 7-9pm
1 May : Herb Gardening and Annual General Meeting - Rugby Club, Coleraine 7-9pm