Welsh businesses back stars’ £10m health dream

Written by on 16th February 2011. Posted in News

Big names from the South Wales businesses community have joined stars Michael Sheen and Paul Potts to support a £10m charity drive to build a health and rehabilitation facility.


They are backing Treat Trust Wales' bid to create a unique therapy centre next to Swansea's Morriston Hospital.

Other celebrity backers include Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Wales outside-half James Hook and singer Rebecca Evans.

A world-class centre of excellence, the centre will benefit thousands living with illness, injury or disability, as well as those who are fit and well and wish to remain so.

Business supporters include Swansea law firm Peter Lynn and Partners, named today as principal sponsor of a February 25 gala dinner at the city's Brangwyn Hall.

The glittering event features Port Talbot-raised Hollywood star Michael Sheen and global song star Paul Potts, who lives in the town. Comic Rob Brydon will be a guest along with personalities such as Lieutenant General Louis Lillywhite, Surgeon-General of the British Armed Forces from 2006-09.

Treat Trust Wales founder Melanie Davies, a paraplegic since a 1980 motorbike accident, said: "We thank all our supporters; their generosity will go a long way.

"Some are supporting us with cash, others with services, and some with both.

"However, our project is massive and long-term so we need as much support as possible. I'd be thrilled to hear from other potential backers."

Peter Lynn, senior partner in his growing firm of solicitors, said: "Mel's aims are laudable and will fulfil a genuine need for the whole of south west Wales.

"As a business, we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Treat Trust Wales.

"I urge other businesses to get involved, starting with next week's dinner, which should be a top class occasion. We’re looking to take our involvement much further than the dinner."

Business backers include: AB Glass, Swansea; Boyes Rees Architects, Cardiff; BSS, Gorseinon; Dimensions Consulting, Swansea; Effective Communication, Cardiff and Swansea; Morgan Cole, Swansea; Peter Lynn & Partners, Swansea; Spot On Events and Communications, Cardiff; Santander Business Banking, Swansea; South Wales Evening Post, Swansea; Lee Wakemans, Cardiff, Arcade Carpets, Swansea, Broomfield Alexander Accountants, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, Antur Insurance, Swansea, CLC Chartered Surveyors, Janiserve Swansea and Swansea Sound.

Public sector supporters include Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Menter Iaith, Swansea.

Charitable supporters include Aspire, Middlesex. Celebrity supporters include comedian Owen Money, former rugby star Gwyn Jones, former Wales rugby skipper Paul Thorburn and Swansea radio presenter and performer Kevin Johns.

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