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Date added: 25 January 2008

Casualty star in Swindon 

Simon MacCorkindale launches new Headway clinic
 
Casualty's Simon MacCorkindale opens Headway Clinic in Swindon
Supporting Swindon:
Simon's
character Harry Harper
knows all too well the
consequences of brain damage
We're used to seeing Simon MacCorkindale as Harry Harper on BBC's TV drama Casualty, but today he took time out of his busy filming schedule to open a new centre for the Headway brain injuries charity.

Headway patient Debbie, overwhelmed by Simon's presence, declared: “I love you! You're my favourite!”

The new premises in upper-Stratton will allow staff the time and resources to give better care for Swindon people who are recovering from serious head injuries and brain damage.

The centre is run by Headway Swindon and District, part of the national brain injury association.

Manager Alison Burton, said: “Brain injury can have devastating effects on peoples lives. It can challenge every aspect of you walking, talking, thinking and feeling, and it can mean losing the life you once led and the person you once were.
 
Swindon's Headway clinic, opened by Casualty's Simon MacCorkindale
Unveiling the future of Headway:
Simon MacCorkindale unveils the plaque,
with (left) patient Debbie, and Headway
Business Manager Joanna Pearce

“This new Centre is tremendously exciting. As well as being considerably more spacious, the new site has a computer suite where clients can both practice and learn new computer skills.”

And it is because of the support of so many local nurses, carers and volunteers that the Headway clinic can make such a difference to peoples lives.
 
Mel Turner-Wright
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