Singer Paul is proud to be charity patron
25 February 2012
Posted in News
SINGING star Paul Potts has proved again he is no mere figurehead when it comes to charity.
The Britain's Got Talent winner is a patron of Treat Trust Wales, which is aiming to develop an £18 million rehabilitation centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.
Now he has proved his hands-on credentials by travelling with Treat organisers and volunteers to Middlesex for a tour of the Aspire national training centre for people with spinal injuries.
Treat driving force Melanie Davies is from Paul's adopted town of Port Talbot but now lives near Pontardawe with her retired surgeon husband Mike.
"We told Paul about the trip and asked if he was around and he said "yes", his diary was free," said Melanie.
"He told us to pencil him in. Paul is very busy and so his diary changes all the time but at the start of this week he said he would come and asked us what time we wanted him there. He's just brilliant."
Mike, Melanie and Paul — along with volunteers Pippa Wafflart and Sian Jose — were due to be taken on the tour of the centre by Aspire's chief executive Brian Carling.
"Mike and I have been up there a few times, looking at the facilities they have," said Melanie, who broke her back in a motorbike accident while a 15-year-old schoolgirl more than 30 years ago.
"The Aspire centre is the template for what we want to do at Morriston. We're not reinventing the wheel and they are helping us.
"But it's important that our volunteers and Paul, as one of our main celebrity backers, see what it's all about. We will be taking more volunteers there."
A couple of years ago Paul boosted Treat by handing over £50,000, his fee for performing at a major tennis tournament.
He said then: "I support a lot of charities but I am now a patron of Treat and I feel very strongly that if you are a patron, you should do something rather than just be a name on a letterhead."
And Melanie said he was as good as his word. "Whenever he's around in the area he's always volunteering to do things.
"We really do appreciate how he gives up his time and shows interest and enthusiasm for Treat."
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