City people look set to have helped break the world record for the most people signing and singing a song on the same day.
Choirs, schools and other organisations in the town participated in the sign2sing world record attempt organised by the charity SignHealth on February 5.
Steve Powell, chief executive at SignHealth, which is the national healthcare charity for deaf people, said: “People from all over the country, including Milton Keynes, 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.”
sing2sing is a fundraiser for SignHealth through a suggested £1 donation from everyone taking part. Children were asked to wear a scarf like Olli the monkey, who is SignHealth’s official mascot, to school on the day of sign2sing and take in their £1 donation.
The money will be used to continue the charity’s work helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf people, including deaf children.
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.