Martin Kemp opens Northampton brain injury unit

Popstar and former Eastender Martin Kemp has opened a new brain injury service in Northampton.

The Spandau Ballet bassist was today at The Cotswolds facility for men recovering from brain injuries, which is in Cotswold Avenue, Duston.

Mr Kemp, who himself survived two brain tumours, spoke to staff about his experience and about the need for such units.

He said: “The two years that I had the tumours was the scariest time of my life and I know you need people to talk to who are not part of your family and people to care like people here do.

“To tell you the truth there was nothing like that back in 1995, which is why this place is so important.”

The OakLeaf Group opened the specialist residential home to complement the other brain injury services they run in Northamptonshire.

Clients will be men who have reached a plateau in their rehabilitation and will not benefit any more from Oakleaf’s education and therapies.

Up to 29 will live in the completely refurbished former care home looked after by 80 staff in modern surroundings