Rob Brydon signs his new book for TREAT

Written by on 31st October 2011. Posted in News

Mel & Mike were pleased to have the opportunity to meet up with TREAT Patron Rob Brydon on his recent visit to Swansea.

Rob Brydon signs a copy of his book for TREAT

While signing copies of his book 'Small Man in a Book' last week, Rob Brydon took time to meet up with TREAT founder Melanie and her husband (and Chairman of TREAT) Mike.  The TREAT patron also signed a copy of his book which will be auctioned for the charity at a future event.

Swansea Business Club supports TREAT Trust Wales

Written by on 3rd October 2011. Posted in News

TREAT Trust Wales are delighted to be recognised as one of Swansea Business Club's chosen charities for this year alongside the Alzheimer's Society.

‘I’d be chuffed to help Amy tell her story’

Written by on 8th September 2011. Posted in News

A TOP author has stepped up to help Swansea teenager Amy-Claire Davies tick off another wish on her list.

The 16-year-old from Llansamlet has an undiagnosed terminal condition that is affecting her immune system.

But far from feeling sorry for herself, Amy-Claire has compiled a list of 250 things she wants to achieve in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

One of them is to be driven around in a luxury sports car, leading to her being inundated with offers.

Now Melanie Davies, the driving force behind Swansea-based Treat Trust Wales, wants to help the teenager fulfil another dream, which is to write her own book.

Treat aims to develop a £10 million therapy centre at Morriston Hospital.

Melanie, who broke her back in a motorbike accident aged 15, came up with the idea recovering from the first of her two bouts of breast cancer.

Her remarkable story is recounted in her best-selling autobiography, Never Say Die. Now she says she would love to help Amy-Claire tell her own story.

"If she wants any help, advice or support I would be chuffed to do whatever I can," said Melanie, who is from Port Talbot but now lives near Pontardawe with husband and fellow Treat campaigner Mike.

"I am hugely impressed with her. She is really brave, and I don't mean that in a condescending sense.

"The fact that she has this positive outlook just blew my mind. She is being so sensible and mature."

Amy-Claire has said she did not want a diagnosis as it would be a timeline of what would happen to her. She wanted to live her life to the full rather than be "poked and prodded in hospital".

Melanie said: "She's absolutely right to take that attitude. When I was 15 I was told I wouldn't see my 30th birthday and I'm 47 now.

"You never know what is around the corner.

"I've had breast cancer twice and a neurological disease, and I'm still here.

"I kept going by keeping busy and Amy-Claire is doing the same."

The teenager's mum Caroline said: "It's a very kind offer and we will definitely be talking to Melanie about it."

Source: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/d-chuffed-help-Amy-tell-story/story-13274591-detail/story.html

Come support TEAM GB Wheelchair Rugby

Written by on 1st September 2011. Posted in News

With one year to go until the Paralympic Games, the GB Cup provides the perfect preparation for the GB team. With some of the best teams in the world coming to the UK, the GB Cup will be one of the toughest competitions of 2011 and 2012.

Date: 6th – 8th September
Venue: Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff
Teams: GB, Australia, Japan, Sweden & Belgium

Schedule:

6th September Day 1

10am – JP vs SWE
12pmAus vs BEL
3pm – GB vs SWE
5pmAUS vs JP
7pm – GB vs BEL

7th September Day 2

10amBEL vs SWE
12pmAUS vs GB
3pmBEL vs JP
5pmAUS vs SWE
7pm – JP vs GB

8th September Day 3

9am – 1 v 4
11am – 2 v 3
1pm – 3rd v 4th
3pm – 1st v 2nd

So come on down and cheer on your local heroes to victory!  To find out more about wheelchair rugby or 'murderball' click here

Melanie will be an inspiration to local businesses

Written by on 14th July 2011. Posted in News

Melanie is delighted to have been invited to speak about TREAT Trust at the Introbiz Networking Event on 3rd August 2011 at Cafe TwoCann in Swansea.

Mel's story is moving & inspirational and during this 15 minute keynote Mel relives her story and her on-going determination to deliver a 15 miliion pound Treatment  and Rehabilitation facility at Swansea's  Morriston Hospital. Mel talks aboout her own life threatening experiences and what motivated her to re-build her life not once but twice, whilst remaining focused on her commitment to provide a world class facility for those in need.  Melanie is a remarkable lady with an Inspirational Story, which is documented in her book -" Never Say Die".

Michael Sheen, Paul Potts and Rob Brydon are just some of the international celebrities who've been inspired by Mel and support TREAT .

Register your place today by emailing laurence@socialjackandfridays.co.uk

Introbiz – Wed 3rd August at Cafe TwoCann, SA1 Waterfront, Swansea – 3.30pm

Introbiz  Corporate Members include Belvoir Lettings, Lloyds TSB, Acorn Recruitment, HSBC,  Swansea Bay Radio, Peter Lynn & Partners, Pritchard Stockbrokers, Bluebell Hotel, Spill Media, Clarks Legal, Bevan & Buckland, Marina Telecom, The Wave Radio Station, Quadrant PR, IRUN Solutions, COR Cleaning, Beach Software, Coastal Galleries, Cafe TwoCann, & Village Hotels. These names are just a few of the rapidly expanding portfolio enjoying the opportunities that the network provides

£18.00 per person entry fee which includes Guest Speaker –  Wine & soft drinks on arrival, plus buffet – time to relax, network and socialise

• Relax, engage, socialise and enjoy until you’re ready to leave

Register your place today by emailing laurence@socialjackandfridays.co.uk

TREAT Trust’s Annual General Meeting

Written by on 5th July 2011. Posted in News

TREAT Trust Wales will be holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday, 12th July at 6pm, in the postgraduate centre att Morriston Hospital..

Centre scheme could become a £10m tonic for the troops

Written by on 30th June 2011. Posted in News

INJURED servicemen and women could be looked after in a new £10 million rehabilitation centre planned for Swansea.

Treat Trust Wales, which is behind the ambitious proposal at Morriston Hospital, is forging links with the Headley Court defence military rehabilitation centre in Surrey.

TREAT Trust founder, Melanie DaviesMelanie Davies, the main driving force behind the city-based charity, hopes to replicate the service here — making it the only one of its kind in Wales.

She has a very personal reason for wanting to turn that dream into a reality, as it was the military who came to her aid after she had a life-changing accident 30 years ago — and a face from her past is now closely involved with the fledgling partnership.

Treat, spearheaded by Melanie and her husband Mike, is now fundraising to develop the rehabilitation centre for people from all walks of life in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.

Its backers include Michael Sheen, Rob Brydon and Paul Potts.

Melanie broke her back in a motorbike accident when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Port Talbot.

After the accident, which is recounted in her best-selling autobiography Never Say Die, Melanie underwent rehabilitation at RAF Chessington in Surrey.

"While we are at Headley Court we will be hosted by Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Thomas," she said.

"We approached the officer in charge there, Colonel Gerry Tuck, and Gareth heard about it and wanted to host us because his father is from Bridgend.

"Mike had a chat with him over the phone and in passing told him about Never Say Die.

"Gareth read it within 24 hours and said he remembered me. He was a trainee physiotherapist at RAF Chessington while I was there.

"Talk about a small world."

Melanie and Mike, who live near Pontardawe, and other Treat Trust Wales representatives will be making the trip to England next Wednesday and spending the following day at Headley Court.

"When Treat is up and running we would like to take Welsh servicemen and women because there is nothing like it in Wales," said Melanie.

"I've always had that idea at the back of my mind. They looked after me after I had my accident so it will be a chance for me to give something back.

"We want to look at what Headley Court are doing and make sure Treat attains the same standards they have reached.

"Hopefully it will be the start of an ongoing relationship."

Paul Lewis, South Wales Evening Post : Thursday, 30th June 2011

SOURCE: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Centre-scheme-pound-10m-tonic-troops/story-12854003-detail/story.html

Students’ boost a nice Treat for hospital charity

Written by on 8th June 2011. Posted in News

SOME of the brightest young business brains in Wales are helping a Swansea charity make its dream come true.

Cardiff University has selected Treat Trust Wales for a special partnership that has seen top students "adopt" the charity for two weeks.

They have already started their in-depth studies of Treat, which aims to build a £10 million therapy centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.

At the end of the fortnight they will present a series of reports covering everything from a new business case to fundraising and publicity.

"It's absolutely fantastic," said Melanie Davies, who founded Treat Trust Wales and, with husband Mike, is now the driving force behind it.

"It's great for the students because they get hands-on experience with a real organisation, with the scope to cover everything from finance to construction.

"That's going to be great for their CVs when they finish their studies and apply for jobs.

"It's fantastic for us as well because we get a fresh set of eyes looking at what we do, and hopefully come up with ways of doing it better."

Treat's dream is to build a state-of-the-art specialist centre to help patients recovering from serious accidents and illnesses.

The charity, which has Port Talbot Hollywood star Michael Sheen as its president, has been looking to set up a centre for almost 10 years but has now stepped up its campaign.

Other supporters include Paul Potts, Rob Brydon, Paralympic legend Dame Tanni Grey- Thompson and former rugby star Gwyn Jones.

Melanie, originally from Port Talbot, but now living near Pontardawe with Mike, came up with the idea while recovering from breast cancer.

There are nine students involved, split into teams of four and five. They are currently studying for master of business administration degrees.

Mike and Melanie have already been to Cardiff to give a presentation to them.

"It's great they are coming in and looking to address the gaps we know we have in Treat but don't have the time or expertise to fix," said Melanie.

"For example, we don't want to pay to have a professional fundraiser and wouldn't want to go down that road even if we could, so they are looking to set up a donor database.

"We are so excited we are getting a younger generation in to help us perform to our maximum potential."

Paul Lews, South Wales Evening Post : Wednesday, 8th June 2011

SOURCE: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Students-boost-nice-Treat-hospital-charity/story-12731723-detail/story.html

‘Never Say Die’ to be published in Polish

Written by on 7th June 2011. Posted in News

'Never Say Die', the book written by TREAT Trust Wales' founder Melanie Davies, is to be published in Polish.

Support TREAT on your mobile

Written by on 31st May 2011. Posted in News

Now you can support TREAT on your mobile! Just text TTWS22 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

Just Giving have teamed up with Vodafone to provide donations via text message. You can choose to donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 and text as many times as you like! TREAT receives 100% of your donation and you pay nothing for the text.

So, to donate £10 simply text TTWS22 £10 TO 70070

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