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Season's Greetings 2010

What a roller coaster year 2010 has been for TREAT and for us personally. It’s had more ying and yang than a yo-yo in overdrive!

Season's Greetings from Mel & MIke

Life, much like the weather has delivered in extremes.

The year set off with us tootling up to London to appear on ITV’s This Morning with the delicious Philip Schofield and gorgeous Holly Willoughby promoting “Never Say Die”. Our live TV debut was a relaxed affair until I mentioned the Tuna Baguette and Phil collapsed in hysterics. Following this leap to stardom was an interview with the Reverend Richard Coles for Radio 4 Saturday Morning Live show. Ensuring the tuna incident would this time remain well under wraps I decide to inform the Nation that every time Mike had encountered me in the fracture clinic some three decades ago he “adopted the expression of someone who had put his finger through the toilet paper”. British broadcasting has to be admired as even after this –too much information – episode we appeared on Radio Wales’s Shan Cothi show without incident!

The great thing about all of these expeditions was that they were a welcome distraction from the Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that had decided to call again on Mike after 16 years. Chemotherapy underway he was bald and scrawny for morning tele though Jason Gardiner, judge from Dancing On Ice still couldn’t hold a candle to him. We admonished J.G in make-up for his comments about Sharon Davies looking like a tree. That’s the beauty of radio, you’re invisible so can look shocking as long as you sound good.

The coming of spring saw my dad hospitalised leaving mum alone at home with only the maze that is Alzheimer’s disease for company. The heart breaking though sensible decision was made for her to be in residential care.

Spring also brought forth numerous and uplifting fundraising activities. Alun Clement’s LEJOG, his epic and heroic cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats during which he crashed, got concussed but carried on will never be forgotten. There were cake sales, themed gastro evenings and dinners and all girl rock band The Kix headlined at a gig organised by Cath and the Aberdare Motorcycle Club. All this breathing life into TREAT and spurring us on.

My old school, St. Joseph’s, invited me to be their guest speaker at their annual prize awards evening which was such an honour and launched me into public speaking, not that talking has ever been a problem for me but an audience 800 strong stuck my lips to my teeth!

All was great, we had our land from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, coverage by the South Wales Evening Post, Boyes Rees Architects on board and a classy website thanks to Rhian at BSS. All of us pulling together for TREAT.

Mike was well and his hair and tummy had regrown!

Autumn arrived and was kicked off with a show starring BBC’S Owen Money with Wendy Kane and a plethora of other fine Welsh talent.

Dizzy new heights then as Paul Potts became Patron of TREAT in no time raising almost £50K performing at a charity concert during the Swiss Open Tennis Championships in Basil.

Three days after this I was diagnosed with a new breast cancer very tidily ten years after the first one.

So what’s new? Between us it’s now five times that the Big C has hit us (Mike’s prostate went rotten a year after we married) and it always seems to think that it’s a good idea to come as a Christmas present.

Odd that it hasn’t twigged that we really don’t have time to have it mess up the festive season as we’re too busy gearing ourselves up to enjoy (?) a white Christmas. The food’s in, the decorations are up and we’re already looking ahead to February 25th 2011 and what promises to be Wales’s Premier Gala Event, the TREAT Charity dinner at the Brangwyn Hall Swansea.

It will be a star studded night. Paul Potts along with TREAT President Michael Sheen and Rebecca Evans will take to the stage. So dust off your glad rags and we’ll see you there.

We wouldn’t miss it for the world. Once again, we’re on the up!!!

We wish you a warm and happy Christmas.

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