Comedian Rob Delaney volunteered at a summer camp for kids with learning disabilities after he sobered up more than a decade ago.
Delaney, who stars in the UK television series Catastrophe debuting in the U.S. on Amazon later this month, said in a recent interview with The Guardian that he was inspired to volunteer at the camp by the people who helped him after he crashed his car into the side of the LA Department of Water and Power building. The wreck, which happened in 2002 after he blacked out, left him with a broken wrist and arm and both knees cut to the bone.
“People had been so amazing to me after my accident – not just doctors and nurses but volunteers – that I thought, ‘I’ve gotta do something for other people.'”
The experience of giving back has had a long-ranging impact. Delaney married one of the fellow volunteers he met at the camp and they now have three children together.