A choir in Doncaster will help inspire a generation to learn sign language during a national deaf healthcare charity’s annual fundraising event next February.
On February 5 the Doncaster branch of Rock Choir will get involved in SignHealth’s sign2sing record attempt for the most people signing and singing on the same day.
Kate Threlfall, Rock Choir Leader for Doncaster, said: “We are really looking forward to taking part in sign2sing.
“During the event all of our members will sing and sign True Colours by Cyndi Lauper. Learning to sign as well as sing will add a new and very interesting element to the song and we’re all really excited about the challenge.
“We hope that lots of people will go along to their nearest Rock Choir session and join with us in helping to raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause.”
Rock Choir was established in 2005, by award-winning singer and musician Caroline Redman Lusher. It is the UK’s largest contemporary choir. There are no auditions and no requirements to read music, so everyone can join, and currently there are more than 16,000 Rock Choir members across the UK.
The members learn specially arranged versions of pop, rock and Motown songs, which they perform at various events, many of which help to raise money and awareness for charity.
sign2sing is SignHealth’s annual world record breaking attempt for the most people singing and signing in multiple locations on the same day. The attempt takes place on February 5 and the charity is asking people to get involved in various fundraising activities during the week of the event too.
Linda Petrons, Events and Corporate Fundraiser at SignHealth, explained: “We’re absolutely thrilled and very excited that Rock Choir will be participating in sign2sing next year.
“With the choir’s support lots more people will have the chance to learn some sign language in a great, fun and memorable way.”
Earlier this year 116,980 teachers and pupils from across the country and overseas took part in SignHealth’s third sign2sing event and broke the Guinness World Records™. The previous record, which the charity also set was 114,277.
The charity hopes to break its own record for the fourth time and involve more than 150,000 people.
Linda continued: “People from Doncaster wishing to take part in sign2sing are invited to register at www.sign2sing.org.uk.
“People will have a choice of two sign2sing songs to learn for the record attempt. They will also be able to access free digital resources, including a special sign language tutorial to help them learn the songs.
“The songs, As One and Get Up and Sign, have been specially written, performed and produced for sign2sing by Tom and Pippa Gearing, Sarah Lindsey and James Hawkins from Bottle Top Music Productions. Pippa and James are also Rock Choir leaders.
“Alternatively, people can learn to sign True Colours. The lyrics, music and a sign language tutorial for the song can be found via www.rockchoir.com and they will also be able to find details about their nearest Rock Choir session. ”
SignHealth’s aim for sign2sing 2014 is to help inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals to learn some sign language and recognise the importance of good communication.
Linda added: “Deaf people often find it more difficult than hearing people to access healthcare and health information and because of this, deaf men, women and children are more likely to suffer ill health.
“By ensuring our next generation of healthcare professionals are aware of deafness and BSL, we will help to break down communication barriers and ensure equal access and opportunities for deaf people.
“We are hoping brownies, guides, scouts and other community groups and choirs as well as schools join in with sign2sing too.”
SignHealth, which has been established for more than 20 years, works to improve the health and wellbeing of deaf people and help them to live independently. It supports a range of services and projects including counselling and improving communication between medical professionals and deaf people.
For more information about sign2sing, please visit www.sign2sing.org.uk or contact SignHealth on 01494 687600. Alternatively, people can follow sign2sing on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sign2sing and on Facebook via www.facebook.com/sign2sing.