Women from all walks of life have joined together in Petworth in support of a new fund-raising song by Tillington breast-cancer survivor Nicky Reed.
Around 25 women – from window cleaner to chimney sweep, from hairdresser to florist, from teacher to lollipop lady – each mime a single line in the video promoting the song Beautiful World.
The song comes with an important message – and is also a fund-raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.
You can view the video on http://youtu.be/Et3AFHgpL0k and support Nicky’s fund-raising on http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/nickyreed
“At the end of 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and spent all of 2011 going through treatment and getting myself well again,” Nicky said.
“When I was feeling up to it, I loved keeping up with my music and whilst undergoing chemotherapy I wrote a song called Beautiful World. I have now made a music video to go with the song, using all local women, going about their everyday lives.
“When you are going through a serious illness, it does make you stop and think about life and the way you lead it. I would be the first to admit that I was really pushing myself – too much. That’s what comes across in the song.
“The lyrics came to me when I was going through chemotherapy. It is all about minimising stress. If you are a strong person, you fight cancer. If your immune system is compromised in some way, it won’t work properly.
“If you don’t listen to your body, if you are pushing yourself all the time, and getting stressed out at whatever, then it is like building blocks. It is all cumulative. It might just tip the balance for the cancer to start.
“My song is about listening to your body. It is about looking after yourself.”
But she stressed it wasn’t just a song for women or a song just about breast cancer. It was a keep-well message for everyone.
Creating the video and involving so many different people seemed a great way to spread the word. Nicky set up the shoot and produced it. Daisy Jenks filmed the women and edited the video.
“It has been a bit of a dramatic year, but the good news for me was that it was diagnosed as a grade-one tumour.
“If you are going to get it, that’s the best one to have. And I was relatively young and fit.
“They were able to blast me with the treatment and the tests show I am all clear now.”