Breast cancer patient releases video of pre-surgery dance-off

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A young breast cancer patient has made a video to raise awareness of the disease among other women.

Felicity Hallett was filmed dancing in her hospital gown prior to surgery at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

Members of staff joined her dancing to the Pharell Williams song Happy wearing Macmillan Cancer Support sashes and waving coloured balloons.

Felicity, 37, has been a patient at the Breast Care Centre, run by North Bristol NHS Trust since she was diagnosed with cancer in September.

She is determined to raise awareness of breast cancer, particularly among other women, and took part in a naked photoshoot while going through chemotherapy as part of her mission.

Having seen other videos made to raise awareness of breast cancer the mum of two decided to dance before her surgery in March and asked staff at Southmead to join her.

“I’m really into dancing, I’m the sort of person who is always dancing at home with the kids and since I’ve been diagnosed I feel that I need to channel my focus and energy, raising awareness and doing something a bit different,” Felicity said.

“I had seen the Pink Glove dance that was done at Southmead and looked on YouTube and saw other people had done similar things.

“It was quite exciting when I realised I would be able to do my own dance before I had my surgery.”

The current Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital, where Felicity will continue to attend for check-ups, is set to move in the summer. The historic Beaufort House on the site is being refurbished to create the new Bristol Breast Care Centre, which will bring all breast cancer services for the Bristol area together under one roof. Alongside the Bristol Breast Care Centre will be the city’s first Macmillan Wellbeing Centre, which will provide support, advice and complementary therapies for people affected by all types of cancer.