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Children from local schools help set Guinesss World Record
PUPILS at two Basingstoke schools have helped to set a Guinness World Record for the number of people simultaneously performing sign language.
National charity SignHealth organised the sign2sing record in February when a record-breaking 116,980 pupils and teachers from across Great Britain participated, singing a song especially composed for the event.
In Basingstoke, children from Kempshott Infant School, in Old Down Close, and Park View Infant School, in Pinkerton Road, South Ham, took part, helping to smash the world record and raise money for charity.
The two schools jointly collected more than £500 for SignHealth, which works to help improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf people, including deaf children.
Steve Powell, chief executive of SignHealth, 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 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.”
He added: “We’re extremely grateful as all of the money raised will make a significant contribution to the work of the charity.”
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