Two charity singles can now be downloaded that have been composed for a fundraising event taking place in February.
The songs, ‘As One’ and ‘Get Up and Sign’, will be sung during SignHealth’s sign2sing fundraising world record attempt on February 5 and are now available to download from iTunes.
Linda Petrons, Events and Corporate Fundraiser at SignHealth, which is the national healthcare charity for Deaf people, explained: “sign2sing is our annual world record breaking attempt for the most people singing and signing on the same day and we are really excited to be releasing two new songs, which have been specially written for next year’s event.
“The songs, which have been written, performed and produced by Tom and Pippa Gearing, Sarah Lindsey and James Hawkins from Bottle Top Music Productions, are available on iTunes.
“Each song costs 99p to download and the money raised from the sale of the tracks will be donated to SignHealth. We hope lots of people will help raise money for us by downloading the songs.”
As One is suitable for any choirs, older children or adults participating in the world record breaking attempt on February 5 and Get Up and Sign is aimed at any younger children taking part.
Earlier this year 116,980 children and adults from across the country and overseas participated in SignHealth’s third sign2sing event and broke the Guinness World Records™. The previous record, which the charity also set was 114,277.
sign2sing is also a fundraiser for SignHealth through a suggested £1 donation from everyone taking part.
Linda continued: “We will be asking children and adults alike to wear a scarf like our official mascot, Olli the monkey, on the day of sign2sing and donate their £1. Alternatively, people can hold fundraising events, such as a cake sale, coffee morning, non-uniform or dress down day or a raffle.”
The money will be used to continue the charity’s work helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf children and adults.
The charity’s aim for the 2014 event is to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals about 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.
“We are hoping businesses, choirs, community groups, including brownies, guides, scouts and other organisations as well as schools join in too.”
Everyone who registers for sign2sing will have access to digital resources, which will be available to be downloaded from www.sign2sing.org.uk.
Those who are unable to take part in the record breaking attempt on Wednesday, February 5 are invited to join in with the fundraising event during sign2sing week, which takes place from Monday, February 3 until Sunday, February 9.
People wishing to take part are invited to sign up now by visiting www.sign2sing.org.uk and clicking on the ‘register now’ link.
For more information about sign2sing, please visit the website above 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.