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Sittingbourne mum Beckie Breiner launches groundbreaking KMTV series Come Sign With Me for deaf children

By John Nurden

Mum-of-two Becki Breiner is launching a groundbreaking television series for children with hearing difficulties.

Come Sign With Me makes its debut on Saturday, August 17 and is KMTV's first dedicated children's programme and the channel's first fully-signed show.

It is also Becki's first foray into presenting after becoming a surprise hit online with her British Sign Language (BSL) cover of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman.

In the first episode Becki, who hosts signing disco nights in Sittingbourne and Sheerness, will sign children's book Paramedic Chris by South East Coast Ambulance Service chaplain Tim Parsons at Sittingbourne ambulance station.

Becki Breiner is breaking down the barriers with Come Sign With Me, a new children's programme on KMTV starting on Saturday August 17 (14831199)
Becki Breiner is breaking down the barriers with Come Sign With Me, a new children's programme on KMTV starting on Saturday August 17 (14831199)

Beckie, from Bale Grove, Kemsley, has been campaigning to have sign language taught in schools as a language. She said: "I can't wait for the show to go out. With all the sign-related activities I do, I've realised that sign language is not just for the deaf. It's a valuable communication tool."

Author Tim said: "Paramedic Chris shows the dedicated work my colleagues do unselfishly every day. This should get viewers thinking about how we can all help others and the real difference we can make."

KMTV producer Cameron Tucker said: "This is a programme we are all incredibly proud of. It shows our commitment to serving all areas of the community and should appeal to all members of the family."

Behind the scenes at Sittingbourne ambulance station for Come Sign With Me with presenter Becki Breiner and KMTV producer Cameron Tucker (14849905)
Behind the scenes at Sittingbourne ambulance station for Come Sign With Me with presenter Becki Breiner and KMTV producer Cameron Tucker (14849905)

Becki has been deaf since she suffered burns to her face and ears when she was three and ran into a barbecue.

She said: "I still have a scar covering half my face and can't hear properly. But I still found love. I married, became a mum, still work and own my own house. My real-life story shows kids that nothing can stop you."

The first episode is dedicated to the late Steve Adams who helped teach Becki to sign.

She said: "I like to think of him as my scaffolding. He supported me to build from the ground up. Because of him, I stand strong today.

"He helped many people discover their true potential and helped anyone in their hour of need.

"He was loved by many and will be sadly missed."

The programme will be broadcast at 2.15pm on Freeview Channel 7 and Virgin 159 and will be available live and on demand at www.kmtv.co.uk and on the KMTV app.

Paramedic Chris by Tim Parsons (14850199)
Paramedic Chris by Tim Parsons (14850199)

*Free lip-reading classes are to start in Minster in September. A weekly level 2 British Sign Language course starts at Sittingbourne Adult Education Centre on Thursday, October 3. The cost is £570. For details of both, call Debra Jones at Hi Kent on 01622 691151 or visit www.hikent.org.uk.

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