Nesbitt hails WAVE Trauma Centre National Charity Excellence Award

18th March 2015

The Coleraine born actor who for a number of years has been an active patron of the WAVE Trauma Centre, Northern Ireland’s largest cross community victims and survivors support group,  after it was announced that WAVE had successfully competed with over 350 charities across the UK to win a GSK IMPACT Award for excellence in health and well being.

The GSK Impact Awards, run in partnership with the Kings Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health and wellbeing charities.

As part of the award WAVE will receive £30,000 in unrestricted funding.

James Nesbitt continued: 

“Whether it is someone who has been bereaved or injured or traumatised during the Troubles or is one of the Families of the Disappeared, WAVE has offered and will continue to offer practical and emotional help and support to those who have suffered most.

To be recognised in this way at a national level is a huge tribute to work that often goes unseen but is vital if Northern Ireland is to deal with the Past.”

Sandra Peake, the CEO of WAVE said:

“There are those who think that the passage of time will somehow take care of the legacy of the Past. That is not our experience. The need for trauma services and counselling is not only still here but there is a significant increase in the number of people --particularly men -- coming to WAVE for help.

We are also seeing the devastating impact of trauma in families moving from one generation to the other.

To have this work acknowledged in this way by GSK and the Kings Fund will greatly encourage the staff and volunteers at WAVE without whose dedication and commitment we simply could not go on.

We all owe GSK and the Kings Fund a great debt of gratitude for continuing to support and acknowledge charities doing important work in this way”.