Primary schools urged to attempt record-breaking sing and sign challenge

Pupils from Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville who have donated their shoes to children in Africa.  Pictured, from left:  Lily I'Bell (8), Scarlett Bugler (10), Lucia Aldred (9) and (front) Lily Bugler (5).  Picture: Sarah Standing (170967-5871)

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FIVE schools across the region have signed up to take part in a charity world record breaking attempt for the most people singing and signing simultaneously.

Cliffdale Primary in North End, Langstone Juniors in Milton, Barncroft Primary School in Leigh Park, Horndean Infants and Lee-on-the-Solent Infants will rise to the challenge organised by the deaf people’s charity SignHealth on February 8, 2012.

They are among more than 500 schools that have committed to the event so far – but it is hoped many more will join in time to break the previous record of 94,489 children taking part.

Chief executive of SignHealth Steve Powell said: ‘Our Guinness World Records sign2sing project is an attempt to break the world record for the most people singing and signing a song at the same time.

‘More than 500 schools have signed up so far and we’re delighted Portsmouth and Hampshire schools are involved in the event too.

‘We’re hoping to smash our current record and involve more than 150,000 youngsters, while raising awareness of deafness.’

The event is also a fundraiser for SignHealth, which provides health-related services for all deaf people, through sponsorship from businesses and a suggested donation of £1 for everyone taking part.

Young people from all over the country and overseas will learn to sign a song – called Sign2sing – which has been composed especially for the event.

The event is primarily aimed at four to 11-year-olds, however other younger or older children and adults can join in if they wish. For more information, call 01494 687600 or visit sign2sing.org.uk