A special video to celebrate a charity’s 25th anniversary has been given its premiere tonight.
To celebrate Cherish’s anniversary, volunteers for the charity, Brian and Nicola Valentine have recreated Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ video with a Wrexham twist – you can watch the video below!
For the past four years the couple have volunteered for the charity and showcased the video at Cherish’s 25th anniversary party at the Holt Lodge this evening – and as this appears online around half nine no doubt the celebration is well underway!
Cherish provides help to parents both during and after their babies are on the SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) in the Maelor. This help can be in the form of financial support to enable parents to visit their babies more easily. The charity also has three rooms of parents’ accommodation and has supplied cots and scanners for the unit.
Brian said: “Both my boys were born premature Dylan now 4 was three month premature and Haydn now 18 months was born six weeks early. Both lads needed extended stays in the special care bay unit who literally saved there lives as well as the life of my wife Nicola due to complications with Dylan.”
The idea behind the Gangam Style video came from Nicola, who suggested that Brian went to the black tie event for the charity dressed as Psy. This idea quickly turned into recreating the Gangnam Style video in the town. From there they contacted Coleg Cambria, who gave them a days filming within the college and use of their equipment to create the video.
Brian said: “Dad Dancing is a popular subject. I was a bit apprehensive about it at first and a bit nervous, but it’s for all the right reasons.
“If you watch the video you can see that everyone in it is smiling, it wasn’t a drag to do, everyone was enjoying it.”
Shot against the backdrop of Wrexham, the ideo was filmed in various locations around the town centre, including in Wrexham Lager, the Racecourse and Coleg Cambria. The college also allowed use of their green screens for backdrops, which feature St Giles Church, Wrexham town centre, the police station and the stands at the Racecourse.
The video also features family, friends, supporters of the unit and people who have needed SCBU, along with Brian’s appearance as Psy (which also features some interesting looking onesies!).
Brian said: “There’s still 18 months until we find out what is going on with the ward moving. We want people to know that we have been here for 25 years and the Special Care Baby Ward is still here.
“Our aim is to raise the profile of the charity, the great work the SCBU unit does and to promote Wrexham and prove the town is good for a laugh and serious about its heritage.
For more information on Cherish and the services they can provide then please visit the charity’s website on www.cherishwrecsam.org.uk , or donate via their JustGiving page here: justgiving.com/CherishWrecsam
Below is the video itself for you all to enjoy!
Head over to the Cherish Facebook page to leave some feedback on what you think: https://www.facebook.com/cherishwrecsam !