Community: Schools invited to sign up for world record attempt

Schools are being invited to sign up for a charity world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing simultaneously.

SignHealth, the national healthcare charity, is inviting schools to register now for the event, which takes place on February 8, 2012.

Chief executive Steve Powell said: “Earlier this year 94,489 children took part in our sign2sing 2011 event and smashed the world record. The previous record was 13,418.

“On February 8, 2012, we are once again inviting schoolchildren to take part in the world record attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time.

“News of the event is spreading rapidly and there are already more than 300 schools registered. We need a lot more schools if we are going to smash our current record and involve around 150,000 youngsters, so we are urging schools to get in touch now.”

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.

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

SignHealth, which provides health-related services for all deaf people, will produce a DVD to show children how to sign the song, as well as a resource pack for teachers to use within the school curriculum.

Steve added: “Olli the monkey, who loves to sign, will feature in the training DVD that every registered school will receive to help them to teach their students the song in a fun and engaging way.”

The event is primarily aimed at four to 11-year-olds, however other younger or older children and adults can join in if they wish.

For more information, contact SignHealth on 01494 687600 or visit the website www.sign2sing.org.uk.