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Woman with Down’s Syndrome breaks world record

Heidi Crowter being awarded a certificate by Guinness World Records adjudicator Prav

A woman with Downs Syndrome has broken a world record by identifying seventy celebrity birthdays in three minutes.

Heidi Crowter, 27, from Coventry, managed to remember famous people’s date of births including Margaret Thatcher, Queen Victoria and Brad Pitt within 180 seconds.

‘I am feeling very proud of myself,’ she told the Yorkshire Press.

‘I love sharing my joy of birthdays with people, and I have been writing a birthday list and practising a lot. Everyone knows that practice makes perfect.

Her achievement has now been listed under the intellectual impairment category under the new section in the Guinness World Records’ for disabled people run in partnership with Mencap.

Ms Crowther’s record was announced by the charity ahead of Learning Disability Awareness Week, which runs between June 19 - 25.

Mencap’s chief executive Edel Harris said: ‘It’s truly ground-breaking for Mencap to be working with Guinness World Records to ensure breaking records is something that’s accessible and achievable for people with a learning disability.

‘It is crucial to provide a platform for people with a learning disability to not only provide equal opportunities but also bust myths about what people can and can’t do.’

[ The first birthday cake with candles was made in 18th century Greece ]

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