Paralympic hit for Vitalise

A charity video celebrating people with disabilities in the wake of the Paralympics has become an overnight internet hit, with over 10,000 views in just three days.

The uplifting video was produced by disability charity Vitalise and features the disabled guests, volunteers and staff at its Southport respite holiday centre performing Queen’s feel-good anthem ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

The video also pays tribute to the inspiring achievements of Team GB’s Paralympic athletes, such as Hannah Cockroft and Jonnie Peacock, who are featured in the video.

Vitalise made the video earlier in the year but decided to delay its release in order to add its own tribute to Team GB’s Paralympians and also capture the wave of public attention and goodwill towards people with disabilities in the wake of the Games.

Vitalise’s Chief Executive Chris Simmonds said: “Thanks to the incredible achievements we witnessed at the Paralympics, disability has never had such a high public profile. We really hope this wave of positivity and goodwill continues.

“This video is our way of saying thank you to our Paralympians, but also of celebrating the achievements of people with disabilities in all walks of life.

“Of course not all people with disabilities are Paralympians, but they all confront their own personal hurdles. In overcoming these obstacles they are performing their own quiet heroics, day in, day out. This video is our salute to that indomitable spirit.”

Since its release on Monday, the video has shot to over 10,000 views on YouTube and has been backed by Queen, who have featured the video on their official website and facebook page.

You can watch the video below…

Vitalise is a national charity providing essential respite breaks for people with disabilities and carers at three accessible respite holiday centres in the UK. Find out more at www.vitalise.org.uk.

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