Ex-Eastenders star Dean Gaffney invites Royal Derby Hospital staff to Let's Dance for Comic Relief final
FORMER Eastenders star Dean Gaffney has donated tickets to the final of BBC One show Let's Dance for Comic Relief to the three members of Royal Derby Hospital staff who cared for him after his car crash.
The 35-year-old actor was knocked unconscious when his Mini Cooper hit a central barrier on the southbound A38, between Markeaton roundabout and Kingsway on Wednesday, January 30.
He had been staying in Derby while playing Patrick in Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced at Derby Theatre and was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital after the incident.
Mr Gaffney has since recovered and appeared in the Let's Dance for Comic Relief competition, of which he has reached the final.
And, to say thank-you for the care he received, he has invited surgeon Sujeev Rajapakse - who operated on Dean's head injury - along with nurses from the ward Alison Reynolds and Tina Murphy to London this Saturday.
They will be VIP guests as they watch Dean perform with fellow former soap stars Claire Sweeney, Natalie Cassidy and Ricky Groves to song You Can't Stop The Beat from the musical Hairspray.
Mr Gaffney said: "It's the least that I can do. The producers of the show have been very generous and didn't hesitate in agreeing to help."
Ms Murphy said: "I'm really excited and can't believe I'm going to watch the live show. It's really nice for him to show his appreciation by donating these tickets and I am sure we will all have a great time."