Stars’ happy return to offer support for charity campaign

Written by on 18th February 2011. Posted in News

Michael Sheen has the passion and Paul Potts has the voice – The TREAT Trust is definitely in good hands.

The Baglan boys returned home this week to encourage people to find out more about the charity and join them for a special gala evening next Friday.

The Swansea charity is aiming to raise a staggering £10 million to develop a unique therapy centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.

Melanie Davies – who was left paraplegic at 15 after a motorcycle accident — and her retired surgeon husband, Mike,  founded Treat (Treatment, Rehab- ilitation, Exercise And Therapy) in 2000.

They hope to start construction before 2015.

Melanie, who is fighting her second bout of breast cancer, said: "It is going to be event of the year in Wales. You are not going to get better than this.

"It is just tremendous that the stars have got behind us."

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, the charity's president, who met the Post at Port Talbot's Blanco's Hotel, said they were determined to make the dream a reality.

"We are going to keep at it and we are going to raise as much as we can," said Michael who is also currently working on theatre event The Passion.

"It is just all about spreading the word and getting people aware of what we are trying to do.

"This is the area that I grew up in and it is what I consider home, so it is great to be able to give whatever I can to improve the lives of the people in the community."

Paul, who is one of the charity's patrons, will be singing a duet with soprano Rebecca Evans on the night. 

"This is something I care about very much," he said.

"I do believe that if I am going to be involved in something I want to really get involved.

"This is something that will be world class and is still destined for local people."

The black tie bash at the Brangwyn Hall next Friday, will also include Rob Brydon, Kevin Johns, former Neath and Wales rugby star Paul Thorburn and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Business supporters for the event include Swansea law firm Peter Lynnand Partners.

To book a table or to help with sponsorship, people should call Vickey Sempleon 02920 450782.

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