Is this the way to Lea Court – Musical treat in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

You may remember a few years ago that Peter Kay and Tony Christie released Amarillo to raise funds for Comic Relief. The video for the song went viral and saw Peter marching along to the music accompanied by a whole host of celebrities.

Well now, our staff and some of the guys supported at Lea Court Treatment and Recovery Centre are giving Peter and friends a run for their money with their very own version of the now iconic music video.

The idea was cooked up by Pam Hill, a Support Worker and Phil Smith, a Student Nurse. Registered Manager at Lea Court, Carol Naylor said, “Phil’s got the look of Peter Kay and they guys had talked about him dressing up at a Coffee Morning to help raise some funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The idea just went from there really… it grew and grew until eventually it had legs and started marching around Lea Court!”

Carol asked her son Ian, a keen film-maker and video editor to make the film and having an expert involved really encouraged people to get involved including several people supported at Lea Court. Richard, who is currently supported at the centre took part in the film and told us, “I had a fantastic time; it was like being a film star!”

This is just one example of the innovative and creative work that happens at AFG’s treatment and recovery centres. Carol is really proud of the teamwork and dedication of the team and the project inspired everyone to continue finding imaginative and practical ways to support people on their pathway to recovery. She was also keen to recognise everyone for their contribution and said, “I’d like to thank everyone involved particularly Phil, who played the part of Peter Kay and Marek, a guy who was supported here until recently. He came back to take part in the film and it’s great to see the progress he and everyone else has made.”

The team showed the film at their Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 25th September where they raised more than £280 for cancer support. You can view the film on AFG’s YouTube Channel using this link: https://youtu.be/pBlfDu9jwaY

Thank you to everyone involved.