Monday, 11 February 2013

'Gangnam Style' dance by Police in Cornwall raises money in a good cause for #SuperJosh.

Josh with his mother Dawn Fidler.

Sergeant Gary Watts

Police officers and Police Community Support Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police made a Gangnam Style video in Falmouth last month to raise money for 12-year-old Josh Wilson, from Bury in Lancashire.  Josh was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004 and is severely disabled. 

Due to Disability Living Allowance/ DLA restrictions,  £25,000 is needed to adapt his home with a special bath, a ceiling hoist and other equipment. A new buggy and an adapted car are also needed.

Sergeant Gary Watts read about #SuperJosh on Twitter and persuaded his colleagues to make the video in their time off last month; within four days he told tweeters it had been watched more than 168,000 times and raised more than £10,000. The video is fun and surprisingly good, showing various locations in Falmouth, including the Police Station, the National Maritime Museum, Events Square, beach huts, cliff-tops and the harbour. 

The police officers made the video to raise public awareness and money for Josh's needs. They did it in their time off, with permission to wear their uniforms, and obviously had a ball. Gary Watts and his group have also raised money elsewhere for Josh, and performed the dance with children from Devoran  School, raising an additional £159 for the fund, which is increasing all the time.

Sir Peter Fahey with Josh

Not to be outdone, police officers,  including the Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahey.  from the Greater Manchester Police’s Whitefield Neighbourhood Policing Team, have subsequently also raised money for Josh.

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P.S. See previous blog for story of PSY and 'Gangnam Style'