Ilkley people are invited to “Sing for your Heart” at the Cow and Calf pub on 11 December from 6pm, all in aid of Heart Research UK. Take a look at the event plan and the benefits of singing below…


Carols are to be sung under the backdrop of the misty rolling hills of Ilkley Moor in the run up to Christmas to raise funds for the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

The Cow and Calf pub on the edge of the moor is to put on a carol event on 11 December to raise funds for Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK’s Sing for Your Heart campaign.

Pub landlady Amy Proctor thought it would be both atmospheric and “magical” to get its customers singing carols in front of the Cow and Calf around dusk under candlelight to help raise funds for the charity’s work in helping hearts.

Said Amy:  “It’s a fantastic charity and I thought it would be magical to have people singing carols in the garden at the front of the pub with the doors open, as it would be both visual and atmospheric.  The Sing for Your Heart campaign lends itself perfectly for this.”

Amy said they had already planned to arrange some carol singing at the pub, but when they heard about Sing for Your Heart it felt like a good cause to support.  Now she’s encouraging people to come along on 11 December and join in the fun as well as raising money for Heart Research UK.

Singing is good for your heart and recent studies have shown that the health benefits are both physical and psychological because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream.

The charity wants singers, choirs, music groups and performers across the countryto do their own event in December and raise money to help in the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

Taking part in Sing for Your Heart is easy.  All you need to do is:

  • choose a date in December
  • pick your venue
  • perform to an audience
  • raise money to help hearts near you

To sign up please go to:

Barbara Harpham, National Director of Heart Research UK said the charity was calling on people to put on their own performance in the run up to Christmas.   “Everyone can Sing for their Hearts, whether you’re in a band, choir or just partial to a bit of karaoke,” she said.  “It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, family and colleagues to have fun and raise money for Heart Research UK particularly in the run up to Christmas when everyone is feeling festive.”

Singing is also shown to be good for your heart.  Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years.

He says:  “The health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting.“

Follow Heart Research UK’s campaign on Twitter @HeartResearchUK or on Facebook.

Image credit: Yorkshire Post Newspapers