Funnyman Rob to join list of stars at gala

Written by on 8th February 2011. Posted in News

COMEDY star Rob Brydon as become the latest big name to sign up for a spectacular charity gala in Swansea.


He will join actor Michael Sheen, singer Paul Potts and soprano Rebecca Evans for the black-tie bash at the city's Brangwyn Hall.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening, which is being held to launch Treat Trust Wales's fundraising drive.

The Swansea charity is aiming to develop a therapy centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital at a cost of some £10 million.

Treat is the brainchild of Melanie Davies, who lives near Pontardawe with husband Mike. 

"We'd been hoping to get Rob to come along and I happened to mention it to Michael," said Melanie, referring to the charity's movie star president.

"He said he would put in a word and then we heard from our event organiser that Rob had agreed to attend, which was really fantastic news."

Other personalities due to attend include Swansea's own Kevin Johns,, former Neath and Wales rugby star Paul Thorburn and Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Treat is also looking for sponsors for the event, which takes place on Friday, February 25.

They will be able to enjoy a champagne reception with the stars before the gala starts, and will have their photographs taken with them ready to take home with them at the end.

Other people attending can also be snapped with the celebrities but will have to pay extra, with the money being donated to Treat.

The centre will benefit people with an illness, injury or disability, their family and friends, and anyone who wants to keep fit and well.

It will also be available to other organisations to use, such as charities working with heart disease, strokes, cancer and diabetes.

Melanie had the idea while recovering from breast cancer ten years ago and is battling it a second time.

"I am about to start my treatment and the gala is really helping to keep my mind off it and giving me something to look forward to," she said.

"How many people about to start cancer treatment have a night out with Michael Sheen, Paul Potts, Rob Brydon and Rebecca Evans to look forward to?"

To attend call Vicky Semple on 02920 450782.



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