Disability charity boosted by Treat from singing star
28 September 2010
Posted in News
A charity has been singing the praises of Paul Potts after he signed up as its latest big-name ambassador.
The Britain's Got Talent winner, who has gone on to forge an international recording and performing career, is now a patron of the Treat Trust Wales, which already boasts Michael Sheen as its president.
It was set up by Melanie Davies, who lives in the Swansea Valley but is originally from Port Talbot, where Paul has his home, and aims to develop a £10 million therapy centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.
Melanie's husband and fellow campaigner Mike Davies said Meyrick Sheen, Michael's dad and the charity's vice-president, first spoke to him about Treat.
"I then took some literature to Paul's home and had a chat with his wife Jules," said Mike, a former Morriston Hospital surgeon.
"We then had a message from Paul's manager that Paul wanted to help.
"We called back and said the next time Paul was in Port Talbot we would love to meet him. He was up for that so we all went for a meal together in Castellamare in Mumbles and he seemed very positive about the whole thing."
Paul joins the ranks of existing patrons who include Paralympic legend Dame Tanni Grey- Thompson and former rugby star Gwyn Jones.
Mike said the singer wanted to take a hands-on approach to the role.
"Paul told us he would like to find a slot in his diary and put on a concert for us in this neck of the woods," he added. "We are delighted he is on board."
Paul said: "I am very proud to be asked to be a patron of Treat Trust. Its aims of having a centre for people to recover, recuperate and be made ready to return to normal life after serious illness or through disability is revolutionary.
"I think it would be fantastic for the people of South and West Wales to have access to such an important and empowering facility.
"I look forward to working closely with Treat Trust to make what has been a labour of love for Mel Davies for the past 10 years a reality."
President Michael Sheen added: "It's absolutely great to have Paul come on board with us at Treat Trust.
"His enthusiasm and grasp of the importance of what Treat Trust can provide to the people of South and West Wales is very gratifying. I know it will continue to be an inspiring and very fruitful relationship."
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