A documentary about a former stunt double who is now an ambassador at a Stanmore hospital was screened last month.
David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived was executive produced by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. The documentary explores the decade-plus-long friendship between David Holmes and Radcliffe in the wake of David’s spinal injury in 2009.
While working on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, stuntman David suffered a serious injury that left him paralysed.
Following the incident, he spent six months at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore while undergoing treatment.
His experience of the care he received from the staff at the hospital led him to become closely involved in the RNOH Charity.
Now, he is a charity ambassador for RNOH. He continues to support and raise money for the hospital, having raised more than £100,000. The money has funded numerous projects, including the Davey Holmes vehicle to transport patients with spinal cord injuries, and fully furnishing a new patient room at the hospital.
His story was aired on Sky Documentaries and Now on November 18.
David said: “I’ve said before; breaking my neck made a man of me. And looking back, I’m very grateful that I’ve managed to retain my sense of self, which is probably my biggest achievement.”
In the documentary, Radcliffe says: “Dave, still, is one of the most important people in my life. As he has been for the last 20 years.
“He was somebody that was so incredibly fun to hang out with when I was young.
“But then as I grew up, he became a real guide to me, and kind of a mentor and someone who really looked out for me, and that really has just continued as we’ve grown.”
Photo credit: Sky Documentaries