Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) is hoping to hit a high note with their very first project in a new drop-in centre in Stornoway.

The Hebridean Harmony choir will hold its first come-and-try sessions at the new WICCI centre on Cromwell Street, next to Kopi Java, on Tuesday August 6that 2.30pm and Wednesday August 7that 7pm.

There are no auditions, and it doesn’t matter if you sing, squeak, croak or groan, all voices are welcome in the new uplifting chorus – as long as the singer has experienced cancer.

The idea has originated from a cancer care charity in Wales, Tenovus, which has 10 ‘Come and Sing’ choirs based all over the country. South Lochs resident Christine Rushworth has gone through cancer treatment and came across the initiative while staying in Wales.

The Come and Sing group in Cardiff said: “The choir is a fun, fulfilling, and supportive environment. We look after one another, laugh together, and sound brilliant when we sing together!”

WICCI’s Stornoway-based development manager Helen Sandison said: “The whole point of the new centre is to try new things, so this is us making a start with a relaxed project that offers stress release, a chat and a cup of tea, and the chance to be part of something. We plan to offer different things for different people.”