#upandsing T5 Heathrow Sat 25th June

Tomorrow is the 3rd #upandsing event at London Heathrow T5, so if you are working or passing through, come and see the show! There will be hundreds of singers once again, entertaining the passengers and staff at Terminal 5 from 1030 in the morning until 4pm. It’s a marathon sing song! And what better way to be uplifted than with music and singing.

The last two events in 2015 were both great fun days as well as opportunities to deliver the UP | understand pain messages. Chronic pain is one of the largest health burdens. The personal suffering and cost to society is enormous, yet many people do not realise this fact. Recent figures suggest over 40% of the population suffer pain beyond 3 months, a timeline that is deemed to be chronic. Whilst there is much more to it than a timeline, this figure demonstrates the enormity of the issue that needs addressing urgently.

One of the main contributing factors to this vast problem is the misunderstanding of pain in society. The UP campaign seeks to address this aspect by providing the latest information and thinking about pain. One of the reasons for raising money is to develop this website into a great resource for people across the world to access freely and learn both about pain but also what they can do to change their pain. Further, we are in the process of designing the best structure to apply for charity status so that we can fundraise to support important research and studies into pain so that understanding and treatment continues to advance.

Pain touches so many people across society. Pain is indiscriminate. It does not receive the attention or funding in proportion to the scale of the issue. So many conditions involve painful experiences and so many people experience pain without any serious condition, together making for the seismic impact that it has across the globe.

Please share and spread the word! Follow us on twitter @upandsing and see us on Facebook (a new page has been created today!). You will see picture and videos uploaded from tomorrow’s event, so you can share these with friends and colleagues, knowing that pain can and does change when you understand it and know what you can do.

Co-founder of UP Georgie Standage interviewed on BBC radio

Georgie Standage
Georgie Standage

Before the UP launch yesterday, Georgie was interviewed on BBC radio talking about how she has overcome complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) to lead a full and meaningful life.

Georgie was in full swing as she and the other choir leaders directed their members to perform the most uplifting sets through the day at Heathrow Terminal 5. It was an incredible day.

You can listen to the interview here at 2’08.

UP | Understanding Pain launch a massive success!

UP and Rock ChoirOn Saturday we held our launch event at LondonHeathrow Terminal 5 with over 700 Rock Choir singers performing favourite songs. It was an incredible day as the music created a powerful voice to raise awareness for chronic pain, the number one global health burden. UP is not just about telling the world that pain is a problem though, we are passionately spreading messages about how you CAN overcome pain, even in the direst of situations. No-one illustrates this better than my co-founder, Georgie Standage, who now leads the fullest life having worked with tremendous effort to overcome complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Yesterday was no exception as Georgie was interviewed on BBC radio yesterday morning and then on itv news just before leading her choir at our mammoth event.

The epic centrepiece was the positioning of the choirs across the walkway creating the most amazing sound. This was also a great opportunity for me to address the 700 singers and the audience about why we were there. I simply pointed out that chronic pain is the number one global health burden, a fact that no-one knew, and that now we understand pain so that we can give the right messages to sufferers so that the right action can be taken to overcome their pain. The biggest issue is the misunderstanding of pain, which means that people are not receiving the facts about their pain and hence struggle to move forward, often becoming increasingly limited in their lives. We argue that this does not need to be the case when people understand their pain and then know how to use this knowledge practically so that they can restore a meaningful life.

UP chronic pain awareness dayPeople were so very generous and donated money that we are putting towards the next event as we build the momentum to challenge the status quo in pain, and drive our mission forwards with passion and music. We are also planning to run a series of coaching programmes so that we can make the knowledge and skills available for sufferers and their carers.

This was the most amazing way to start our campaign. But this is just the beginning. From here we will pursue our mission with increasing passion and gusto inspired by the immense support we have received — Facebook, Twitter and You Tube has been saturated with incredible messages and comments, showing how pain affects everyone somehow.

It is time to make serious changes in how people think about pain across the board. The practice in healthcare is simply too far behind what we know, and at UP we are determined to close this gap.

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