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Business uses music to help boost health and wellbeing

George Crawley (Director of Playing for Cake) on the left, Mandy Beresford (Community Respiratory Nurse Specialist & Clinical Team Lead - Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chair of the Sheringham Breathe Easy Support Group) and Tina Blaber-Wegg.

George Crawley (Director of Playing for Cake) on the left, Mandy Beresford (Community Respiratory Nurse Specialist & Clinical Team Lead - Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chair of the Sheringham Breathe Easy Support Group) and Tina Blaber-Wegg.

Playing for Cake

Inspired by a friend’s illness a duo launched a community interest company (CIC) which uses music to improve health and wellbeing.

Playing for Cake, based in Sheringham, provides interactive music and singing sessions and workshops for people living with a range of physical or mental health conditions, including dementia and respiratory conditions.

Founded in October by co-directors Tina Blaber-Wegg and George Crawley the CIC has already worked with The Danbury Unit – a specialist dementia unit at Halsey House in Cromer.

The business was formed after a member of the band the duo played in, which was also called Playing for Cake, was diagnosed with early onset dementia.

Ms Blaber-Wegg said: “We feel this is a massively under-funded and under-resourced sector. There is so much potential for different people to benefit from taking part in participatory music sessions.”

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