Staff from Starbucks recently joined forces with London schoolchildren at Canary Wharf Shopping Mall, signing and singing to raise funds to help vulnerable deaf children in the UK and Uganda.
Earlier in the year, staff from the Jubilee Place branch of Starbucks and the children from Archbishop Sumner School and James Wolfe School joined over 110,000 people across the UK taking part in sign2sing. The staff and schools reprised their performances at Canary Wharf, where they sang and signed for shoppers and businesses. The team from SignHealth were also there, sharing information about their work and encouraging passers-by to try signing for the first time.
Susie Norbury, Director of Fundraising at SignHealth said:
“SignHealth would like to thank Canary Wharf and Starbucks for giving us the opportunity to bring sign2sing to Canary Wharf. We are very pleased with our partnership with Starbucks which has given us the chance to reach even more people with important messages about deaf awareness and the challenges faced by many deaf children. We’re also delighted that so many schools decide to take part in sign2sing, the joy on the faces of the children from Archbishop Sumner and James Wolfe show how much children enjoy signing and singing.”
Rhys Iley, vice-president of operations for Starbucks EMEA commented:
“We’re proud of our connection with SignHealth through the work of Starbucks Canary Wharf store manager Toro Manca and the Jubilee Place team. Toro took customer service to another level when he decided to learn sign language to connect with his deaf customers. He applied for funding through Starbucks and is now a Level 3 sign language student, working to raise awareness across the business, including performing a signed coffee tasting for Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks when he visited the UK earlier last year. He has also employed two deaf partners, Manu and Chris, in his store. Toro and the district team are championing community service at Starbucks and we look forward to seeing more from their work with the deaf community.”