Sign up for a record!

MANSFIELD schools are being offered the last chance to sign up for a charity record breaker for the most young people signing a song simultaneously.

Teachers, parents and children from the area are being invited to register for SignHealth’s sign2sing world record breaking attempt by Friday 20th January.

Steve Powell, chief executive of SignHealth, said: “More than 800 schools have so far signed up for sign2sing on 8th February, but we are hoping around 1,000 schools will participate to ensure we break our current world record.”

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The closing date for registrations is Friday, January 20, so we are urging schools to sign up as soon as possible, so they have time to learn and rehearse the song.”

The event is designed to raise awareness of deafness and the work of SignHealth, as well as acting as a fundraiser for the charity through sponsorship from businesses and a suggested donation of £1 for everyone taking part.

Children’s Laureate and famous author, Julia Donaldson is supporting sign2sing.

She said: “I love both singing and sign language, which is such an expressive form of communication not just for Deaf but for hearing children.

“It’s a brilliant idea to bring the two things together as a way of raising awareness and money for SignHealth, and I’m hugely looking forward to signing and singing along with the other 150,000 children – or children at heart – from all over the country.”

Young people from all over the UK and overseas will learn to sign a song, entitled ‘Sign2sing’, which has been composed especially for the event