Greater Manchester Police has teamed up with Scott & Bailey to help raise money for Joshua Wilson, a local boy who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004.
Officers from the Prestwich and Whitefield Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Chief Constable and cast of Scott & Bailey demonstrate their best Gangnam dance moves in a video for the Whitefield student.
Joshua was diagnosed with his first brain tumour when he was just three years old and intrusive surgery means that he now has severe neuromuscular disabilities that require a fully adapted home. His family needs to raise £25,000 to pay for a ceiling track hoist, special building work and other basic equipment.
The Prestwich and Whitefield officers are following in the footsteps of Devon and Cornwall who earlier this year set the bar with a spoof version of ‘Gangnam Style’. Their video quickly became an internet sensation and led to hundreds of people pledging their donations.
GMP’s film continues the Gangnam theme and aside from dancing it features the Chief Constable fronting a mock press conference to help track down one of GMP’s most notorious villains, none other than Joshua.
The video can be viewed on GMP’s YouTube channel, GMPTV, or on www.gmp.police.uk
Inspector Mark Kenny from the Prestwich and Whitefield Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Joshua loves the police and when he got in touch to see if there was anything we could do to help, we were only too happy to help out.
“Devon and Cornwall did a fantastic job with their video but being based in Joshua’s home town, we were keen to take it one step further and involve him in our production.
“I think it’s safe to say that none of us will be auditioning for Strictly Come Dancing anytime soon but we had a great time producing the video and Joshua was certainly the star of the show.
“The aim of this video is to help raise awareness of Joshua so if our dancing and acting abilities have made you smile then please dig deep and help get him the home he deserves.”
Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: "Everyone knows that I had the talent and the looks to be a Daniel Craig but I chose the path of becoming a police officer instead. Now finally I have had the chance to show my acting and dancing prowess and the public can see what Hollywood missed."
Dawn Fidler, Joshua's Mum, said: "We are totally overwhelmed by the support of GMP and everyone involved. Joshua has just loved being a part of this and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their time and support in raising awareness for Joshua."
Amelia Bullmore from Scott & Bailey said: “Syndicate 9 were glad to be involved. We send our very best wishes to Joshua and his family and hope they soon have their home fully adapted.”
Sergeant Gary Watts from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Social media has made the world a lot smaller. People from all over the world have helped Josh’s cause in one way or another and I know money raised from our video and any subsequent events is going to make a huge difference to the life of Josh and his family. Everyone should try and do their bit and find their own ‘Josh’.”
For more information or to donate, please visit www.superjosh.org.uk
The choreography was done by Jaynie Powsney and Lisa Rothwell from JStar Academy of Performing Arts.