SignHealth needs YOUR help for World Record Attempt!
THE national deaf healthcare charity SignHealth is calling for people from Cheddar and Wells to sign up for a record breaking attempt designed to inspire a generation to sign.
SignHealth hopes more than 150,000 children and adults, including several hundred from Cheddar and Wells, participate in its annual sign2sing event in February and raise awareness of British Sign Language (BSL).
Steve Powell, chief executive at SignHealth, said: “sign2sing is our annual record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time.
“We have run the event successfully for the past three years and our aim for the 2014 event is to inspire our next generation of healthcare professionals about the importance of good communication.
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“Deaf people often find it more difficult than hearing people to access healthcare and health information and because of this, deaf men, women and children are more likely to suffer ill health.
"By ensuring our next generation of healthcare professionals are aware of deafness and BSL, we will help to break down communication barriers and ensure equal access.
“We hope lots of adults and children from Wells and Cheddar will join in with sign2sing 2014 and learn some BSL.”
Earlier this year, 116,980 teachers and pupils from across the country and overseas took part in SignHealth’s third sign2sing event and broke the Guinness World Records™.
The previous record, which the charity also set was 114,277.
Steve added: “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.”
Children and adults from all over the country and overseas will learn to sign a song being composed especially for the event.
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 on February 5 are invited to join in with the event during sign2sing week, which takes place from Monday, February 3 until Sunday, February 9.
sign2sing is also a fundraiser for SignHealth through a suggested £1 donation from everyone taking part.
Steve continued: “We will be asking children and adults alike to wear a scarf like our official mascot, Olli the monkey, on the day of sign2sing and donate their £1.
"Alternatively people can hold a fundraising event, such as a cake sale, coffee morning, non-uniform or dress down day or raffle.”
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 said: “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 also raising awareness of deafness and the work we are doing at SignHealth.
“Any businesses, choirs, community groups and schools from Wells and Cheddar that decide to take part will be joining hundreds of others all over the country and some in other countries on February 5 when they attempt to break the world record.
"We are hoping more than 1,500 schools and organisations participate in our 2014 event.
“People wishing to take part are invited to sign up now by visiting www.sign2sing.org.uk and clicking on the ‘register now’ link.”
For more information about sign2sing, please visit the website above or contact SignHealth on 01494 687600. Alternatively, people can follow sign2sing on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sign2sing and on Facebook via www.facebook.com/sign2sing.