Facing the future
- By: Marissa See
James Partridge is not a man to shy away from publicity. In fact, he welcomes it because publicity equals exposure and exposure equals awareness. James is the founder and director of the charity Changing Faces, which aims to provide direct help to those with facial disfigurements and promote awareness in those without them.
Thirty years ago, at the age of 18, the Land Rover he was driving overturned and caught fire. That completely changed his life. “I don't encourage you to go into fire,” he said, as if to dispel any notions I might have been toying with. “There is no air in fire. To get out of it is to feel quite liberated. Glad you survived.” The other passengers escaped with relatively minor injuries.
James suffered severe facial and body burns. “After about three months, I looked at myself in the mirror for the first time. And what I