A signing choir of around 30 children from All Faiths Children’s Academy in Rochester are to defend their national crown at the annual National Signing Choir Competition thanks to sponsorship from local company, Calibre Facility Services Ltd.
In May this year, All Faiths Revolutionaries – AFR, won at the competition when it was held in Gillingham, Kent and were crowned National Signing Choir Junior Champions. Next May the choir will be travelling to Caird Hall, Dundee where they will compete against other signing choirs from around the UK to defend their title. The cost of getting the children and their helpers all the way to Scotland is huge but has been made possible by donations from friends & family as well as sponsorship from Calibre.
Adam Jessup-Smithers, director of Revolution, leader of both Revolution Signing Choir and AFR and a Specialist Teaching Assistant at All Faiths Children’s Academy, said:
“We are so unbelievably grateful to all of those who have given generously and shown tremendous support to help the children on their way to the championships. Calibre’s support has made a huge difference and the children are over the moon, as you can imagine.” He went on to explain:
“AFR, made up of both Deaf and hearing children are simply inspirational! Their dedication and commitment are next to none and I could not be prouder to be part of their journey. Using British Sign Language, AFR sign the lyrics of songs combined with unique choreography to create a spectacular performance that can be enjoyed by both the Deaf and hearing communities.
Lorraine Roberts of Calibre added: “We’re so happy we have been able to support Adam and the choir in this way as one of our business partners has a child who attends. We have seen firsthand how much it means to her and how much good Adam and his team are doing with the All Faiths Revolutionaries.”
Calibre Facility Services Ltd is based at 42 North Street, Rochester ME2 4SN and provides security services to companies across the UK including manned security with and without dogs, key holding, CCTV and mobile patrols.
Revolution is a sign language company based in Gillingham providing British Sign Language and deaf awareness courses to children, adults, families and businesses across Kent. It has two non-profit signing choirs – All Faiths Revolutionaries which started in 2017 and Revolution Signing Choir which started in 2016. Both choirs raise money for local charities, support local communities, perform in signed stage shows and compete professionally