A STIRLING singing group has landed funding toward a much-needed electric piano.

Stirling Wellbeing Choir, which runs from Allan Park South Church, has received £500 from the Cairn Community Fund, helping it to secure the new instrument, guaranteeing live backing music for years to come.

Sally Forshaw, of the church, said: “Singing together is a proven anti-depressant. It raises endorphins and helps forge incredible bonds.

“We’ve started to grow really quickly, getting up to 40 people to our practices as word has spread of just how friendly and welcoming everyone is.

“To get the funding towards the electric piano is so hugely appreciated. We try to keep any member fees to minimal amounts to cover costs, but getting a suitable instrument, replacing the old one that no longer fits the bill, could have posed a problem.

“This funding meant we could easily raise the rest ourselves at a recent musical bingo night – and can guarantee the music, singing and happiness will continue for years to come.”

Jason MacGilp, chief executive of Cairn Housing Association, added: “The Stirling Wellbeing Choir is such a positive local initiative, doing inspiring work that has such a positive impact.

“We’re delighted to be able to support this group and help it to flourish as part of our community fund.

“If this in turn inspires you, and you work with or know of an organisation you feel fits the bill, I would urge you to get in touch with us as we’re always proud to play our part, where we feasibly can.”

Visit www.cairnha.com/getting-involved/cairn-community-fund/apply/ for application forms.

The choir meets on Tuesdays term time from 7.30pm to 9pm, email sally.apschurch@gmail.com for more details.