Rose Ayling-Ellis to sign CBeebies Bedtime Story for Deaf Awareness Week

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Strictly champion Rose Ayling-Ellis will sign a CBeebies Bedtime Story to mark the end of Deaf Awareness Week on Sunday.

The EastEnders actress, who lifted the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy with Giovanni Pernice in December, is to become the first celebrity to sign a CBeebies Bedtime Story.

The 27-year-old, who has been deaf since birth, will tell the tale Can Bears Ski? in British Sign Language (BSL). The book, written by Raymond Antrobus and illustrated by Polly Dunbar, tells the story of a young bear and follows a father and son's journey into the discovery and management of deafness.

The actress, who is campaigning for BSL to be recognised as an official language in the U.K., hopes her appearance will inspire others to learn sign language.

"I am super excited to read my first CBeebies bedtime story in British Sign Language and it's even more wonderful to share a story written by a deaf writer," Rose said in a statement. "I hope deaf children enjoy the story and it inspires hearing children to want to learn BSL more."

According to the BBC, Rose will only speak twice during the programme - once at the start to introduce the story and again at the end to wish viewers a goodnight. The story will be accompanied by subtitles.

Rose has recorded two Bedtime Story appearances, and the first will air at 6.50 pm on Sunday.

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