National charity invites locals to sign and sing

Children from primary schools throughout Angus are invited to take part in the sign2sing event next February to try to break a world record.

Children from primary schools throughout Angus are invited to take part in the sign2sing event next February to try to break a world record.

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CHILDREN and adults from the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas are invited to sign up for a record breaking attempt for signing and singing.

The national deaf healthcare charity, SignHealth, is hoping more than 150,000 people including several hundred from Angus will join in with the annual event taking place on February 5, 2014.

Steve Powell, Chief Executive at SignHealth, said: “Earlier this year 116,980 teachers and pupils across the country, including Angus, took part in our third sign2sing event and broke the Guinness World Records™. The previous record, which we also set, was 114,277.

“On February 5, 2014, we are once again inviting children and adults alike to take part in our world record attempt for the most people signing and singing a song on the same day.

“We are hoping businesses, choirs, community groups and other organisations as well as schools join in too. Our aim for the 2014 event is to inspire our next generation of healthcare professionals about the importance of good communication.”

People from all over the country and overseas will learn to sign a song. Everyone who registers for sign2sing will have access to digital resources, which will be available to be downloaded from www.sign2sing.org.uk from the end of September.

People who are unable to take part in the record breaking attempt are invited to join in with the event during sign2sing week from Monday, February 3 until Sunday, February 9.

sign2sing is also a fundraiser for SignHealth through a suggested £1 donation from everyone taking part. The money will be used to continue the charity’s work helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf children and adults.

Steve added: “News of the event is already spreading rapidly and we are hoping to smash our current record and involve more than 150,000 adults and children, while raising awareness of deafness and the work we are doing at SignHealth. People wishing to take part are invited to register now by visiting www.sign2sing.org.uk and clicking on the ‘register now’ link.”

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