Vitalise anniversary tribute to Freddie Mercury a YouTube hit
A video tribute to rock legend Freddie Mercury made by the guests and volunteers of Vitalise has become an internet sensation just days after its release.
The video, commemorating the anniversary of Mercury’s death and celebrating people with disabilities, has clocked up nearly 6,000 views on YouTube since its release on 19 November.
The uplifting video was recorded at Sandpipers, Vitalise’s respite break centre in Southport, and features the disabled guests, volunteers and staff at the centre singing and dancing along to the Queen anthem Bohemian Rhapsody.
The video was released to coincide with the charity’s annual Queen Week at Sandpipers and mark the anniversary of Mercury’s death on 24 November.
The film was quickly championed by Queen’s official website, where it has been liked over 5,700 times, shared over 700 times and gathered enthusiastic comments from Queen fans the world over. News about the video tribute was also tweeted by Brian May’s official Twitter feed.
This latest video is Vitalise’s follow up to Don’t Stop Me Now, released in September, which paid tribute to the inspiring achievements of Team GB’s athletes in the London Paralympics and has clocked up nearly 15,000 YouTube views to date.
Vitalise is hoping that its version of Bohemian Rhapsody will become as much of an internet hit as Don’t Stop Me Now and is calling on all its supporters to share the video as widely as possible.
Vitalise’s Chief Executive Chris Simmonds said:
“It seemed only fitting to release this video during Queen Week at Sandpipers, as, with the help of our guests and volunteers, we paid tribute to Vitalise’s favourite band and the memory of Freddie Mercury on the anniversary of his death.
“Freddie lived life on his terms, and that’s exactly the spirit we hope to instil in all the people with disabilities who spend time with us. We never see the disability, only the person.
“We salute Freddie, Queen, and the spirit of people with disabilities the world over!”