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As part of the Breathtaking Lungs project, we offered free taster harmonica workshops to community groups with an interest in music, giving people of all ages the chance to try something new and find out a bit more about the project and how they can get involved with health research at the same time.

By linking up with Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Manchester Libraries and One Manchester, we were able to give more than 80 people - from toddlers right through to young-at-heart 90-somethings - the chance to have a go at the harmonica and find out more about how they can get involved in research.

The sessions were run in partnership with Mat Walklate, a professional local musician and expert harmonica player, who had everyone playing the blues, as well as a bit of 'When the Saints Go Marching In', within no time.

The sessions went down a storm with everyone enjoying the chance to get their lungs moving and to take away their harmonicas so they could carry on practicing. In fact, it went down so well at the Grand Day Out Over 55s group that we even had to go back a second time so people could learn another tune.

The 'Breathtaking Lungs' project finished with a community Clean Air Day event on Thursday 21 June at Wythenshawe Forum, where about 30 local people, from toddlers to teenagers to older people, came together to make some noise with their harmonicas about lung health and research.

To find out more phone Cassie on 0161 276 6614 or email publicprogrammes@mft.nhs.uk.