Please support Bishop Rachel in her sign language challenge

Published: April 9, 2019

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek will learn 50 words in sign language to raise awareness of the work of the Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA).

This challenge forms part of GDA’s 100-year anniversary celebrations. The charity is seeking 100 people to each take on a challenge. The challenges can be anything – run, walk, swim, bake, dance, jump out of plane. Absolutely anything. All GDA is asking is that each participant raises a minimum of £100, this will then be matched by The Windsor Family Trust, meaning GDA could stand to raise an additional £10,000.

Bishop Rachel said. “I will learn words that I can use in my work and aim to have completed my challenge by the end of May. It’s a daunting feeling learning something new from scratch, but I’m committed because the money raised from the campaign will help the charity to continue providing life-changing practical and emotional support to the thousands of children, young people and adults who have been born deaf and are British Sign Language (BSL) users and those who have become deaf through illness or age.”

GDA’s Communication Officer, Gemma Sills added, “Deafness is one of the most misunderstood disabilities within our society. What many people don’t understand about deafness is just how isolating it can be. Most will assume it is simply about not being able to hear, but in fact deafness is about the daily struggles a person has with communication and the heart-breaking effect that it has on a person’s mental and physical wellbeing. No-ones deserves to live in a world of loneliness and isolation, and thanks to the support of people like Bishop Rachel, together, we are ensuring that no deaf person in Gloucestershire does.”

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  1. Was really nice to see this come up on my newsfeed on Facebook. I trained with Rachel in her previous career and I have been working with Deaf children for 15+ years and using BSL in church for the past 4 years. I hope you enjoy learning your 50 BSL signs and hope it inspires you to learn some more!

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