A group of parents have released a heartwarming video featuring people with Down’s Syndrome singing along to Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now.’
The #wouldntchangeathing campaign clip has been released ahead of World Down Syndrome Day, which takes place on Thursday 21 March.
It features 50 people from babies to adults doing various they love – including one boy in a wheelchair being taken up a skate ramp, and another girl pretending to play an inflatable guitar.
The aim of the moving clip is to highlight the ways in which people with Down’s syndrome of all ages enjoy life just as much as anyone else.
A group of parents have released a heartwarming video featuring children with Down’s Syndrome singing along to Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ hit. Above, a boy in a checked green shirt smiles to the camera after styling his hair in the mirror
An adorable girl donning a pink leotard pretends to play an inflatable guitar as she mimes along to the Queen classic which can be heard in the background
A smiling youngster (above) is one of the 50 people who features in the video with the hope of proving that they enjoy their life just as much as anyone else their age
The age range in the video varies from babies (pictured), to children and even adults – including this little girl who sit on a sofa wearing a bright pink dress and pretty flower hairpiece
The hashtag first started trending last year after 50 families from across the UK used Makaton, a form of sign language, to follow along to Christina Perri’s song A Thousand Years in the style of James Corden‘s Carpool Karaoke.
The moving four-and-a-half minute clip, titled ’50 Mums, 50 Kids, 1 Extra Chromosome’, even caught the attention of the British TV presenter 39, who hailed it said it was ‘beautiful’ and admitted it had ‘made him cry’.
It is now regarded as one of the most popular viral videos in history and touched the hearts of many across the globe.
The video, which was released in the hope of getting rid of outdated perceptions about Down’s syndrome, has since racked up an impressive 350 million views on social media and hit the news in over 30 countries.
Proving that they enjoy doing the same as anyone else, this guy heads to the gym and demonstrates how he lifts weights
Many children, including this youngster, opt to rock out with a guitar in the video as they mime to the powerful Queen classic
Mairi Watkins, 43, a GP from Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, is the genius behind the video. Her daughter, Emma, five (pictured) stars in the video wearing a yellow jacket and miming into a microphone
Another who features lets out a big cheeky grin as she receives a peck on the cheek and is clearly delighted with the display of affection
The genius behind this year’s video is Mairi Watkins, 43, a GP from Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, who lives with her husband Stuart, 43, and their two children, Emma, five, who has Down’s syndrome and Matthew, four.
What is Down’s Syndrome?
– It’s a genetic condition that causes some level of learning disability and certain physical characteristics
– Characteristics may include floppiness (hypotonia), eyes that slant upwards and outwards and a small mouth with a tongue that may stick out
– Although children with Down’s syndrome share some common physical characteristics, they don’t all look the same
Explaining the purpose behind the recording, she told the Scottish Daily Record:
‘With the parental relationship being the focus of previous projects, I felt that it was time to build on this message by putting individuals with Down’s syndrome front and centre.
‘Don’t Stop Me Now lets their fulfilling lives do the talking.’
She added: ‘It holds up a mirror to society and dares the viewer to challenge everything they thought they knew about Down’s syndrome and to think again.’
Her five-year-old daughter Emma stars in the video wearing a yellow jacket as she sings and dances into a microphone.
Meanwhile, her brother, who dons a pair of cool dark shades, can be seen playing the drums in the background.
It’s a thumbs up from this snooker player who is one of the fifty people with Down’s Syndrome who stars in the moving video
Another has fun at a skate park as he is pushed up the ramp by a friend while in his wheelchair (pictured)
Above, this girl opens the video and is filmed applying her make-up while sat at her dressing table
There’s even a DJ in the mix, as one little boy decides to play along as Queen’s hit can be heard in the background