Carpool Karaoke Moms’ Down’s Syndrome Video Goes Viral

March 19, 2018
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A mother said she is amazed after thousands of people watched a video celebrating children with Down’s syndrome.

Rebecca Carless, from Coventry, joined 49 other Moms from an online support group to make the video ahead of World Down’s Syndrome Day.

It has since been watched and shared by people all over the globe, including celebrities such as James Corden!

She said seeing the reaction from others online had been “mad”.

 

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This is the most beautiful Carpool Karaoke. It made me cry. #wouldntchangeathing x https://t.co/56CwvSXY87

— James Corden (@JKCorden) March 16, 2018

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Mrs Carless has 3 children, including four-year-old Archie, who has Down’s syndrome.

She is one of many members of a Facebook group called Designer Genes, for parents with children with Down’s syndrome born in the years 2013 to 2014.

She said they came up with the idea for the video to mark the awareness day on 21 March after seeing videos by the group Singing Hands who do nursery rhymes in Makaton – a form of sign language.

The families, who are based up and down the country, recorded clips in the style of television celebrity James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, before one of the fathers, Jamie McCallum, put it together over the last couple of months.

Singer Christina Perri, who performs the song A Thousand Years, which they sign along to, also gave her permission and supported the track.

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THIS IS THE BEST!!!!
i’m so honored they chose my song!
my heart is so full!!!#wouldntchangeathing #WDSD2018 
https://t.co/AA5bPsarU6

— christina perri (@christinaperri) March 16, 2018

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Mrs Carless said: “We definitely wanted everyone to see it.

“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.”

It was uploaded on Friday and has had over 100,000 views on YouTube and over a million on Facebook.

She added: “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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