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TV star James Nesbitt opens Wakefield injury centre
James Nesbitt
Actor James Nesbitt was in Wakefield to open the new centre

Film and television star James Nesbitt has been in Wakefield to open a new head injury centre.

The Murphy's Law star was in the city to open the new Second Chance Headway centre, which works with people recovering from brain injury.

James was invited by brain surgeon Philip Van Hille, who is advising him on his role as a neurosurgeon in his new TV series, Monroe.

The star said the centre was a place that really makes a difference to people's lives.

Quality of life

James said: "You just have to step into a place like this and you know how important it is and the work the staff do here."

Second Chance Headway Centre provides a day service for adults with a traumatic brain injury, and helps them to achieve a better quality of life.

James said the work the centre was invaluable.

He said: "The energy of the place, the gratitude of the carers in here. It's a place for people to share their stories and understand their place and really make a difference to their lives."

The actor got involved with the centre after neurosurgeon Philip Van Hille, the charity's president, advised him about playing a role in his new TV show being made in Leeds.

He paid tribute to the doctor's advice: "It's been an extremely important as I knew nothing about it.

"He taught me technique, but most of all he taught me about the relationship with patients.

"People with tumours put their lives in Philip's hands, quite literally. It's an enormous responsibility he carries on his shoulders every day."

New skills

Philip said he was grateful that James took time out of his busy schedule to help draw attention to the centre.

If I'm going to save them then it has to be a life worth living. They need places like this to be themselves and enjoy life.
Philip Van Hille, Neurosurgeon

He said: "A place like this for people to come and learn and re-learn new skills and be themselves and not feel threatened is great.

"There's no point in me doing my work if the result is that people have shattered lives and nobody looks after them.

"If I'm going to save them then it has to be a life worth living. They need places like this to be themselves and enjoy life.

"I've learnt an enormous amount from James. It's been a fascinating experience from me.

"I'm astounded by the work they do, and the insightfulness they have, their professionalism, how quick they are to learn.

"James is not a good actor by mistake. He works hard and that's been hugely impressive."




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