Children in full voice for sing and sign challenge

Meersbrrok Bank School'Sign to Sing world record attempt
Meersbrrok Bank School'Sign to Sing world record attempt
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Sing out loud and proud – hundreds of pupils at schools across Sheffield took part in a world record-breaking charity event.

The sign2sing celebration has become an annual attempt to get as many youngsters around the country as possible signing and singing a song on the same day at the same time.

This year 13 city schools took part, including youngsters at Meersbrook Bank Primary on Derbyshire Lane.

The others were Bradfield Dungworth Primary, Greengate Lane Academy, Halfway Juniors, Handsworth Grange, Netherthorpe Primary, Nook Lane Juniors, Pipworth Primary, Pye Bank Primary, St Catherine’s Primary, Pitsmoor, St Marie’s Primary, Broomhill, Stannington Infants and Watercliffe Meadow.

Everyone donates £1 to take part, with proceeds from the sign2sing charity going to charity SignHealth to help improve the mental and physical health of deaf people, especially children.

Schools had two songs to choose from this year, Get Up And Sign or As One. At some, special ‘rock choirs’ also made their mark with versions of the classic Cyndi Lauper hit True Colours.

SignHealth chief executive Steve Powell said: “People from all over the country and around the world registered to take part in our sign2sing campaign to break the record for the most people signing and singing on the same day.

“We have estimated that more than 120,000 people were due to take part in the event and the exact number of participants will be confirmed by us at a later date. The previous world record, which we set last year, was 116,980 so we are hoping to have smashed this.

“It has been a truly fantastic event and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who took part. At the moment we’re still counting the money raised but we’re hoping it will make a significant contribution to the work of SignHealth.”