|Wigan children join 116,000 to break sign2sing world record
(From left to right) Marketing and Communications Manager at SignHealth, Gail Bunn, Olli the monkey and Events and Corporate Fundraiser at SignHealth, Linda Petrons with the certificate from Guinness World Records confirming the record for the most people performing sign language simultaneously in different locations has been broken.
GUINNESS World Records™ has recently confirmed the world record for the most people performing sign language simultaneously in different locations has been broken and it includes a Wigan school.
National charity SignHealth organises the sign2sing record breaker every year and this February (2013) 116,980 pupils and teachers participated, including those at Winstanley Community Primary School on Tanhouse Drive.
Steve Powell, Chief Executive at SignHealth, the healthcare charity for deaf people, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have broken the world record for the third year running. sign2sing is our annual record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time. We’d like to thank Winstanley Community Primary School for taking part.
“We organised sign2sing to help raise awareness of deafness and the work we do at SignHealth. It’s a great way of engaging youngsters to learn and understand the different forms of communication in a fun and memorable way.
“The event was also a fundraiser for the charity through a voluntary donation from those who took part.”
Young people from Great Britain and other countries, including Australia, Nigeria, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Uganda and the United States, signed a song, entitled ‘sign2sing’, which was composed especially for the event.
Steve continued: “We’re now busy preparing for our fourth sign2sing event taking place on February 5 (2014), where we’ll try and beat the world record again and this time we will also be encouraging choirs and businesses to take part.
“Schools wishing to take part are invited to register 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, which is based in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, on 01494 687600. Alternatively, sign2sing is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sign2sing and www.facebook.com/sign2sing.