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Singing up for deaf charity

Pupils at Glendene Arts Academy, Easington, taking part in the national sign2sing event.

Pupils at Glendene Arts Academy, Easington, taking part in the national sign2sing event.

YOUNGSTERS in County Durham and Sunderland joined thousands across the country in a world record breaking event for charity.

The Sign2Sing event, which involved pupils across the country signing and singing the same song at the same time, was held to raise money for deaf charity, SignHealth.

Among those who joined in the event were students at Glendene Academy in Easington, Beamish Primary School, Belmont Infant School and Durham Gilesgate Primary School in Durham and Howletch Lane Primary School in Peterlee.

In Sunderland, Thorney Close Primary School and Hetton Lyons Primary School both took part in the signing and singing.

Glendene, which caters for young people with special educational needs, has two signing choirs which meet every week to promote both singing and signing in a fun and practical way, which is accessible for everyone.

And the choirs performed together for the Sign2Sing event.

In addition to the record-breaking attempt, each participating pupil donated £1 to raise much-needed funds and awareness for deaf children around the country.

Although they are still adding up the numbers, the charity hopes to have had more than 175,000 children taking part this year, breaking last year’s record.

This was SignHealth’s third Sign2Sing event and schools which took part were given access to digital resources.

 

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