Singer Paul Potts's £50,000 gift to Morriston Hospital charity
10 November 2010
Posted in News
Singing star Paul Potts has handed over almost £50,000 to a charity at Morriston Hospital
The Britain's Got Talent winner performed at a major tennis tournament in Switzerland in return for a five-figure donation to the worthy cause of his choice.
And Paul decided to award it to TREAT Trust Wales, which was founded by Melanie Davies, from his adopted home town of Port Talbot.
TREAT Trust Wales, whose president is movie star and fellow Port Talbot boy Michael Sheen, is developing plans for a £10 million therapy centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.
Paul explained: "I did a performance at the opening of the Basle Tennis Open Championship where Roger Federer was playing.
"They preferred to give money to a charity of my choice rather than pay me personally.
"I support a lot of charities but I am now a patron of Treat Trust Wales and I feel very strongly that if you are a patron, you should do something rather than just be a name on a letterhead.
"I spend a lot of time abroad but it's good to bring something back home."
Initially Paul was told he would get 35,000 euros. "Then they astounded me by saying they were increasing the amount to 77,000 Swiss francs, which is just under £48,000," he added.
"I enjoyed the performance and it has given a very worthwhile cause a huge jump up. It will be great to have such a facility in South West Wales."
Melanie, who now lives near Pontardawe with husband Mike, and is battling breast cancer for the second time, said: "It's vital for us to have big names on board.
"But, more importantly, Paul is such a warm and approachable person. He will become an ambassador for Treat in the same way that Michael Sheen is. We are so lucky to have them."
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