Carpool karaoke video by mums of children with Down’s syndrome becomes online hit


It’s a formula made famous by British celebrity James Corden but the carpool karaoke has now been harnessed to show that familial love embraces every member, including those born with Down’s syndrome.

Fifty mothers, brought together by Facebook’s Designer Genes Down Syndrome Group decided to create their own carpool karaoke video featuring their children with the condition. In some cases other friends and siblings came along for the ride. Each mother and child uses Makaton to sign along to part of the Christina Perri song, A Thousand Years.

One participant, Rebecca Carless from Coventry, UK, told the BBC:

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.

Angela Mui, who appears in the video with her three-year-old son Stephen, told HuffPostUK:

I took part in the video primarily to help change attitudes towards Downs syndrome. The UK has a 90 per cent termination rate for babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome in the womb. I want people to know having a child with Down’s syndrome isn’t scary; in fact it is a wonderful adventure, full of joy, love, and yes some challenges, just like having any typical child.

The video snips, recorded in different parts of the UK, were put together by Jamie McCallum, the father of one of the children. The video was made to mark World Down’s Syndrome Day, which takes place on 21 March.

Uploaded on Friday (16 March) to the group’s Facebook page and YouTube it rapidly became an online sensation. At the time of writing it has chalked up over a million YouTube views.


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