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Melanie recieves Special Recognition at Local Hero awards

Last night, Melanie was presented with an award for Special Recognition at a presentation for Local Heroes, hosted by Swansea' local radio stations, Swansea Sound and The Wave.

The ceremony took place in the Patti Pavilion, with entertainment provided by Blue (this year's UK Eurovision entry) and Beverley Knight. The event celebrated a number of local heroes including Teacher of the Year, Heart of Gold & Grand Parents of the year.

Melanie was presented the award by Helen Bowden, Station Director at The Wave & Swansea Sound, who talked about how she met Mel and found out about Treat Trust Wales.

"Treat Trust Wales was the brainchild of Mel Davies, who, at that business lunch, talked passionately about a project that would become a centre for health and well-being amongst so many other things.

"I then had a call from Mel a few weeks later as she wanted me to help promote her book 'Never say Die'. I remember me saying 'How are you, Mel?' She said 'Oh the breast cancer has come back and I'll have more treatment, but when can i come in for that interview?'!

"She then called me again and asked me to meet herself and Mike to talk about an event. The Treat Trust gala dinner idea had been born in the December and Mel was determined to put it on in the February. I told her that I felt the lead time was too short and she would never fill the tables in the Brangwyn Hall. How wrong I was! The dinner in February was a huge success with performances from Paul Potts and guests that included Michael Sheen and Rob Brydon. Her determination paid off.

"So Treat is dedicated to providing a purpose-built, ecologically friendly, world-class centre of excellence on land adjacent to the redevelopment of Swansea's Morriston Hospital. But this 10 million pound campaign would not be possible without the will, dedication and passion that this amazing lady has.

"Tonight I wanted to recognise Mel's work by giving her this Special Recognition award. Not only for her work with Treat but also for her own personal bravery and selfless spirit."

Mel & Mike at the Local Hero Awards

At the Local Hero Awards

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For a full list of the winners, visit The Wave's website.

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