Mums make video to show they ‘Wouldn’t Change a Thing’

Nuneaton Telegraph - - NEWS - By LAURA HART­LEY News re­porter laura.hart­ley@trin­i­tymir­

A BEAU­TI­FUL Car­pool Karaoke-style video fea­tur­ing four Coven­try mums and their children with Down’s Syn­drome has been made.

A to­tal of 50 mums and their children from across the coun­try made the emo­tional video to the song A Thou­sand Years us­ing Maka­ton – a form of sign lan­guage.

The mums hope the video, made for World Down’s Syn­drome Day to­day, will change per­cep­tions of peo­ple with the con­di­tion and show how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing”.

The idea came from Coven­try mum Becky Car­less, whose four-yearold son Archie has Down’s Syn­drome.

She saw a Singing Hands car karaoke video signed with Maka­ton and wanted to repli­cate the idea with other mums and their young children who also have an ex­tra chro­mo­some.

The mums are all part of a Face­book group known as De­signer Genes cre­ated for par­ents who have a child with Down’s Syn­drome born in 2013/14. Many of them have watched Singing Hands videos to help them learn Maka­ton to sup­port their children’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment.

Becky said: “We be­lieve this video re­ally does have the po­ten­tial to be the most viewed across the world on World Down Syn­drome Day this year, so we urge ev­ery­one to share, share, share to help us make it a suc­cess!

“I feel so proud to have come up with this idea.

“Peo­ple around the world are shar­ing it and it’s crazy to think I came up with this small idea and it has gone so far.

“I have had mes­sages from any­one and ev­ery­one across the world.”

A dad in the group pulled all the clips to pro­duce the video ti­tled 50 mums, 50 kids, one ex­tra chro­mo­some, with the .

Joanne Franklin and her son Seb and daugh­ter Isla make their ap­pear­ance 30 sec­onds in, while Becky and Archie are in there twice – at 36 sec­onds and two min­utes and 54 sec­onds.

Next up at one minute and 21 sec­onds and one minute 47 sec­onds is Re­becca Neely and her son Simeon.

Lastly, Sarah Wil­cox and her daugh­ter Sophia ap­pear at three min­utes 46 sec­onds. It only went live last Fri­day morn­ing and has al­ready had more than 300,000 views on Face­book by lunchtime.

The video has been ap­par­ently sup­ported by LA artist Christina Perri, whose song A Thou­sand Years, is the sound­track.

The group con­tacted Christina Perri via her hus­band on Twit­ter Paul Costa­bile.

The group say that within an hour, the cou­ple were declar­ing their heart­felt sup­port for the idea, com­mit­ting their multi-mil­lion so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing and waiv­ing any copy­right claim to the mu­sic in sup­port of the cam­paign.

The artist’s hus­band, Paul Costa­bile, went on to de­clare that he is a life­long ad­vo­cate of children with special needs, in par­tic­u­lar Down’s Syn­drome, and had pro­duced the film More Alike Than Dif­fer­ent with his sis­ter for World Down Syn­drome Day in 2015.

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