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Wigan children join 114,000 to break world record
Wednesday 22nd August, 2012

GUINNESS World Records™ has this week (August 20, 2012) confirmed that the world record for the most people signing and singing a song simultaneously has been broken and it includes two Wigan schools.

National charity SignHealth organises the sign2sing record breaker every year and this February (2012) 114,277 pupils and teachers from across Great Britain, including 630 from Wigan, participated in the event.

Steve Powell, Chief Executive at SignHealth, the healthcare charity for Deaf* people, said: “We are delighted to have broken the world record for the second year running and we are going to try and beat it again next year.

“We organised the sign2sing event to help raise awareness of deafness and the work we do at SignHealth. It was also a fundraiser for the charity through sponsorship from businesses and a voluntary donation from everyone taking part.”

The schools in Wigan that took part in sign2sing were Hindley All Saints Church of England Primary School on Chapel Fields Lane and Winstanley Community Primary School on Tan House Drive. In total they raised £442 for SignHealth.

Steve added: “We’re extremely grateful as all of the money raised will make a significant contribution to the work of the charity.”

Schools that registered for sign2sing received a DVD to help them learn and practise the song, as well as a set of new classroom resources aimed at increasing Deaf awareness.

The song, entitled ‘sign2sing’, was composed especially for the event. The lyrics were written by Garry Slack, author of the award-winning ‘Sign with Olli’ books and the music was composed by Paul Fairey, who has written various theme tunes for television and radio.

The Minister of State for Children and Families, Sarah Teather MP, Actor, Louise Jameson, children’s Laureate and famous author, Julia Donaldson and children’s TV presenter, Dave Benson Phillips all supported sign2sing 2012.

Dave, who attended the sign2sing flagship event, said: “Every child I spoke to was having such a good time and I was completely overwhelmed by their enthusiasm for signing.”

The charity is organising the sign2sing event again next year (February 6, 2013). Schools wishing to take part are invited to register their interest now via the website www.sign2sing.org.uk.

For more information about sign2sing, please visit the website above or contact SignHealth on 01494 687600. Alternatively, sign2sing is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sign2sing and www.facebook.com/sign2sing.

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