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Wigan folk asked to sign up for sign2sing world record
Monday 26th August, 2013

CHILDREN and adults from Wigan are this month (August, 2013) invited to sign up for a record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing on the same day.

The national deaf healthcare charity, SignHealth is hoping more than 150,000 people including several hundred from Wigan 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 Wigan, 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.

“This year 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 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. People will be asked to wear a scarf like Olli the monkey, who is SignHealth’s official mascot, on the day of sign2sing and donate their £1.

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.

“Any businesses, choirs, community groups and schools from Wigan that decide to take part will be joining thousands 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 register now by visiting www.sign2sing.org.uk and clicking on the ‘register now’ link.”

sign2sing takes place on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. People can take part in the event at anytime throughout the day. Alternatively, those who are unable to take part on February 5 are invited to participate during sign2sing week (February 3 until 9, 2014).

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 Facebook via www.facebook.com/sign2sing.

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