SURGEONS at Southmead Hospital and breast cancer survivors are fast becoming a web phenomenon after shaking their stuff in an all-singing all-dancing quirky video.
Around 100 Bristol Breast Care Centre staff and former patients let their hair down, bust their best moves for the fun video, in a bid to win the 2013 European Pink Glove Dance Competition's €10,000 prize for the Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust charity (BUST).
To reach first place, the clip, which features doctors, nurses and BUST supporters dancing in pink gloves to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful, simply needs to gain the most online votes.
Voting opened on October 25 until November 8. The winning video will be announced on November 15.
Simon Cawthorn, consultant breast surgeon at Southmead Hospital, plays the saxophone alongside fellow consultant surgeon turned accordionist Zenon Rayter in the clip.
He said: "Filming the Pink Glove Dance video was a great team experience. All of the hospital staff and patients got into the spirit of the day and ended up dancing and posing in a variety of fun situations.
“We now need as many people as possible to watch and vote for our video so we can win the prize money of €10,000 for our charity BUST. The Pink Glove Video is a great way of raising breast awareness. Breast cancer becomes more common every year – now one in eight women in the USA and one in nine in the UK develop the disease."
Staff gave up their own time to film the video on a Sunday when the unit was closed.
BUST was formed in 1991 by Frenchay Hospital patients Pamela Corrigan, Carol Thomas and Margaret Twiggs, after learning from Mr Cawthorn that his team needed a £20,000 ultra-sound scanner. The trio raised the sum in just two years. Their impressive achievement led to the creation of the hospital’s specialist Breast Care Centre with its One Stop Clinic.
Jenny Wookey, BUST chairman, added: "The passion and energy displayed by everyone has been absolutely amazing.
“We were also very lucky to have the help of Simon’s film maker son Josh and two UWE Film Studies Graduates who donated their time and expertise for free. We will do anything to raise awareness of breast cancer. This video is a great opportunity to help with this and will also hopefully win us the all important cash that we so need.”
To watch the dance video and vote for the team go to www.pinkglovedance.eu/vote