Gaffney donates Comic Relief tickets to hospital care staff

Dean Gaffney
Image caption Dean Gaffney was treated by staff at the Royal Derby Hospital after the accident in January

Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney has donated tickets to the final of BBC One's Let's Dance for Comic Relief to staff who cared for him in hospital after a car crash.

The 35-year-old actor suffered head injuries while returning home from a production of A Murder Is Announced at Derby Theatre.

Gaffney was treated at the Royal Derby Hospital after his car hit the central reservation, near Markeaton Island.

He said "It's the least I can do".

'Help and support'

"The producers of the show have been very generous and didn't hesitate in agreeing to help.

"It's a small way of thanking the hospital staff for all that they did for me."

He added: "Without their help and support I wouldn't have been able to take part."

Gaffney, who played Robbie Jackson in EastEnders, will be performing a dance routine from the musical Hairspray.

Surgeon Mr Sujeev Rajapakse, who operated on his head injury, along with nurses from the ward, Alison Reynolds and Tina Murphy will travel to London as VIP guests to watch him perform.

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