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Fifty Mums Do Carpool Karaoke With Their Children Who Have Down’s Syndrome

A Coventry mum has expressed her joy after a video of her and her disabled son singing in the car went viral around the world.

Becky Carless and her four-year-old, Archie, who has from Down’s Syndrome, filmed themselves performing the song ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the condition for 2018 World Down’s Syndrome Day.

She was not alone: 50 mums and 50 kids released their versions of the song, performed using Makaton, a form of sign language that is designed for people with speech problems, particularly Down’s Syndrome sufferers.

They were inspired by Singing Hands, a YouTube channel that encourages people to learn the language set to music as a way to help their children and to have fun at the same time.

Becky contacted other mums with Down’s Syndrome children via a Facebook group, Designer Genes, which was set up to connect parents with kids born in 2013/14.

Celebrities were quick to get in on the act and to show their support. James Corden, who popularised the idea of Carpool Karaoke, tweeted about it, while Christina Perri, who wrote the song, said that she was ‘honoured’ that they picked one of her songs for the campaign.

The video has now been viewed over 100,000 times on YouTube and over a million times on Facebook since it was uploaded on Friday.

“We definitely wanted everyone to see it,” Becky, 35, told the BBC.

“The idea is, we are just normal mums, we love our kids, they love us, and they are just like other four-year-olds, we wouldn’t change them.

Fifty Mums Do Carpool Karaoke With Their Children Who Have Down's Syndrome
Credit: YouTube/Wouldn’t Change A Thing

“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.

“The video turned out even better than we had hoped and the response has just been mad. Archie loves it, he spots himself straight away and grabs my hand to do the swaying bit.”

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