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Music - Songs for the heart

The Heart Research UK charity is asking teachers and pupils to give voice to their favourite songs for its annual "Sing for your Heart" week, from December 8-15.

Now in its sixth year, the event aims to encourage people to give their heart and lungs a good workout while raising money for pioneering research into heart disease.

"Singing has great physical and psychological effects: it exercises the lungs, oxygenates the blood, gives the abdominal and intercostal muscles a workout, improves posture and releases muscle tension," said a spokesperson for Heart Research UK.

Those who choose to support "Sing for your Heart" can take part in a "battle of the bands", "X Factor"-style competition, or even a pupil- versus-teacher "sing-off".

To request a free fundraising pack or chat with a member of the charity's team, telephone 0113 234 7474.

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