Video from national disability charity pays tribute to Queen legend

Vitalise video celebrates life of Freddie Mercury during centre’s Queen Week

The life of rock legend Freddie Mercury has been celebrated in a special video released by a national disability charity Vitalise as it celebrates Queen Week this week.

The uplifting video was recorded at Sandpipers, the charity’s respite holiday centre in Southport, and features the disabled guests, volunteers and staff at Sandpipers singing and dancing along to Queen’s legendary anthem ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

The video also pays tribute to the band’s iconic lead singer, Freddie Mercury, to mark the anniversary of his death, during the centre’s Queen Week celebrations.

The new Vitalise video is the charity’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.

Vitalise is hoping that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will become as much of an internet hit as ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, which scored over 14,500 hits on YouTube. The charity is hoping to get backing for the video from the band itself 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 pay tribute to Vitalise’s favourite band and the memory of Freddie Mercury on the anniversary of this 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!”

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Vitalise is a national charity providing essential respite breaks for people with disabilities and carers at three accessible respite holiday centres in the UK.

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