Actor shows support

Actor Bruce Jones with Derek Wilson, Mandy Coxon, Julie Butler, Sonia Leck and John Dixon at PROP, in Hartlepool

Actor Bruce Jones with Derek Wilson, Mandy Coxon, Julie Butler, Sonia Leck and John Dixon at PROP, in Hartlepool

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A WELL-known actor popped into a centre for people with mental health issues during a promotional visit to Hartlepool.

Bruce Jones, who made his name playing Les Battersby in Coronation Street, called into Peoples Relief of Pressure (PROP) in Lowthian Road yesterday to offer support to staff and members.

The actor, who is managed by town-based publicist Paul Gough, is staying in Hartlepool this week as part of a week of visits to similar outlets during World Mental Health week.

The centre, which is completely volunteer-funded, is run by Debbie Walls.

She said: “It was lovely of Goffy to arrange for Bruce to come and see us, and it really gave everyone a lift.

“Bruce was lovely, and the fact he has been through some mental issues himself meant he could really sympathise with the people we have here.”

Bruce Jones has had a much-publicised battle with his own mental health issues in the past, but is now on the road to recovery and is keen to pass on help to others in similar situations.

He said: “I had a great time at PROP meeting some lovely people.

“Thank goodness that there are lovely people like Debbie Walls and her helpers to help people through these difficult periods that life brings.

“It was great spending time with them all, and we shared our experiences and had an enjoyable morning. I wish them all the very best.”

For more information about PROP, call Debbie on (01429) 866051.