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Derby City hosted amazingly successful Signathon Event

21 March 2012

The British Deaf Association (BDA) is delighted to announce that this year’s two day Signathon event at St Peter’s Street, Derby on 16th and 17th March was amazingly successful.

The purpose of this exciting event was to enable deaf and hearing communities to come together to learn and share in the celebration of British Sign Language (BSL). It also enabled the BDA to fundraise to continue its work of highlighting the existence of the Deaf Community and British Sign Language.

The BDA would like to thank the following schools and volunteers who helped fundraise over £1,000 during the two days: Royal School for the Deaf Derby, Woodlands School, Aldercar Infant School, Langley Mills Junior School, Arboretum Cafe, Hamoneyes, Little Signers, Derby BSL Practice Group and Jerry Hannifin.

Robin Ash, Team Manager, BDA Community Development Team commented: “We were genuinely surprised and delighted at the positive reaction from the general public towards our Signathon event. It simply would not have been possible without the support of the schools, staff and volunteers.

“We were truly delighted to see so many children, teenagers, adults (both deaf and hearing) interacting through BSL and watching their excitement was contagious.

 "We were incredibly impressed and delighted with the amount of support and the funds raised from the general public and also thrilled knowing they want more opportunities to see Sign Language celebrations taking place in the public arena.”