Gallery: Kendal children take part in world record 'sign2sing' attempt (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Gallery: Kendal children take part in world record 'sign2sing' attempt
2:53pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 in News
PUPILS, teachers and parents from Kendal joined in a nationwide attempt to break the world record for the most people singing and signing simultaneously.
Nearly 200 youngsters from St Thomas’s Primary School, joined by 26 staff and 25 parents, began the performance at the same time as schools up and down the country.
Last year SignHealth, a national healthcare charity for deaf people, smashed the world record by recruiting 114,277 people for the sign2sing event – but organisers are confident that they have beaten that this year.
This year, those taking part sung and signed a specially-commissioned song, called sign2sing, taught at the school by Judith Roberts.
“It’s not easy to teach that many children to sing and sign at the same time, but we got there in the end.
“Everyone enjoyed it and the children loved getting involved,” she said.
Children were also encouraged to donate money to the charity - in return they did not have to wear their school uniform.
Steve Powell, chief executive of Sign Health, said: “It has been a truly fantastic event and we’re extremely grateful for everyone who took part.
“We’re still counting the money raised but we’re hoping it will make a significant contribution to the work of Sign Health.”
Representatives of Guinness World Record will confirm the record later this month.