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Pudsey joins DHH staff for Children in Need dance video

by Diarmúid Pepper

 The Endoscopy Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital had some very special guests in its department recently, which has been causing some commotion online. 

‘Panther Solutions Today’ posted pictures and videos of the event to Facebook and the finished video will be launched this Friday in McCooey’s café on Monaghan Street. 

The final video will see Pudsey Bear attend a dance party in the Endoscopy Unit, where attendees were treated to an amazing dance routine. 

The event is all in aid of Children In Need and Ellen’s Journey. However, Ellen’s Journey has decided to donate any money it receives to the Children’s Cancer Unit, which has been a great help to Ellen during her battle with neuroblastoma. 

Patricia Feehan spoke to The Examiner about how the video came about and said that she and her fellow staff members can’t wait to see the finished product.

“In the finished video, which is currently being edited, you will see how our special event came together,” Patricia told the paper. “It starts with Ellen’s family receiving a letter inviting her to a dance party at the Endoscopy Unit at Daisy Hill, where Pudsey was the guest of honour.”

Patricia said that Ellen’s cause was close to her heart and that it was a “no-brainer” to have her and her family on board.

“Ellen is a young girl from Bessbrook who has neuroblastoma. She is in the video, and we are going to make a donation towards the Children’s Cancer Unit on her behalf. 

Staff from Daisy Hill Hospital’s Endoscopy Unit who are participating in a fundraising dance video for this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal.

“The staff also took some of their children and grandchildren to the Endoscopy Unit to see Pudsey and Ellen came with her sister Lucy.”

It was hard work but Patricia said that there was a real feel-good atmosphere around the unit during filming.

 “We had been practicing so hard,” Patricia told The Examiner. “We had a choreographer involved to see us through our routine, Danielle Hughes Quinn, and we had been rehearsing with her. 

“We recorded the video over two days and it was great to have Pudsey involved too! We had lots of help from the Endoscopy staff and some doctors got involved too. Pat Loy of Panther Solutions did all the video work and filming. 

“We also had Brendan Curran’s company, Pro-Tec Services. They had the very important role of collecting Pudsey from the train station and making sure he was safe. Extra security was needed and Pro-Tec, alongside the PSNI, was called upon to escort Pudsey to Ellen’s house. 

“Ellen and her family and Pudsey then came to Daisy Hill for the dance party. We had a big dance party with Pudsey at the Endoscopy Unit which was all filmed by Panther Solutions and we are having a launch party for the video on Friday in McCooey’s.

“There was a great atmosphere and it was a great moral booster within the department. Everyone was so willing to take part and Ellen’s journey is very close to my heart so we were so happy to be able to involve Ellen in this and to raise money on her behalf.

“This video took six weeks of hard work with weekly dance classes with Dance and Cheer Company, but it was worth the effort and we all had a fabulous time.”

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