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Carpool karaoke mums' Down's syndrome video goes viral

A mother has said she is amazed after more than a million people watched a video celebrating children with Down's syndrome.

Rebecca Carless, from Coventry, joined 49 other mothers from an online support group to make the video ahead of World Down's Syndrome Day on 21 March.

It has since been watched and shared by people all over the globe, including celebrities such as James Corden.

She said seeing the reaction from people online had been "mad".

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Image caption Rebecca Carless said the mothers wanted to show the love they share with their children in the video

Mrs Carless, 35, has three children, including four-year-old Archie, who has Down's syndrome.

She is one of dozens of members of a Facebook group called Designer Genes, for parents with children with Down's syndrome born in the years 2013 to 2014.

She said they came up with the idea for the video to mark the awareness day after seeing videos by the group Singing Hands who do nursery rhymes in Makaton - a form of sign language.

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The families, who are based up and down the country, recorded clips in the style of television celebrity James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, before one of the fathers, Jamie McCallum, put it together over the last couple of months.

Speaking on Twitter, Mr McCallum said he was "delighted" to have been a part of the idea, which has been trending on social media with the hashtag #wouldntchangeathing since going live last week.

James Corden described it as the "most beautiful" Carpool Karaoke.

Singer Christina Perri, who performs the song A Thousand Years, which they sign along to, has also given her permission for her song and supported the track.

Mrs Carless said: "We definitely wanted everyone to see it.

"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."

Since being uploaded, the YouTube video has had more than a million views, on top of those watching it and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter.

Karen Leggee described it as "terrific" on Facebook. While Sylvia Moseley said it made her "heart happy".

Mrs Carless added: "The video turned out even better than we had hoped and the response has just been mad.

"Archie loves it, he spots himself straight away and grabs my hand to do the swaying bit."

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