Staff from all across Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care have joined the ‘Jerusalema Dance Challenge’ and hope their inspiring and uplifting video will be getting plenty of views, likes and shares online.
As well as being a real staff morale booster the idea behind the dance challenge is to highlight the many teams that are an essential part in enabling us to deliver vital care to thousands of Surrey families each year, as well as debunk myths about what a hospice is.
See the extended version of the video here [including the funny bits that didn’t make the official version] and read below to find out how it all started and how the video was created.
In June 2021, several members of the Clinical Team who had seen other organisations come together to dance to the upbeat ‘Jerusalema’ [a track by Africa artist Master KG] suggested that the Hospice should join in too. Eleni Tsiompanou, Consultant Palliative Care Doctor, explains why:
“Music and dance has always connected human beings and helped them express their feelings in a harmonious way. So we thought why not celebrate the Hospice’s contribution to the local community with this inspiring song that has lyrics that remind us to look out for each other.
Once the idea was born, we started to practice the steps with groups of staff getting together in their lunch break. To ensure we were Covid safe we took advantage of the good weather and practiced outside. What was really uplifting was to have the opportunity to come together with other departments, many of whom we had not seen in some months due to the restrictions. And we had plenty of laughs as we tried to coordinate our moves – some more successfully than others!”
Majella Slattery, Clinical Administrator, adds;
“The Hospice is an uplifting place to work and this dance reflects the positivity and optimism of the staff. Obviously we have sad times too but to make a difference to other people at a difficult time is such a positive thing.”
The Jerusalema dance craze started in 2020 and has taken the world by storm since. Everyone from the Irish Police to Scottish Covid Vaccination Teams have created videos where they dance together to lift the spirit of others and show unity at such a challenging time.
Krista Lougher, Hospice Fundraiser, comments:
“I believe it is important to take part in fun team activities within the Hospice to ensure that we show that we are a team and that when we work together we achieve great things. We love being silly from time to time to put a smile on people’s faces and this certainly was fun to do.”