Paul Thorburn becomes Chairman of TREAT

Written by on 8th October 2015. Posted in News

Paul Thorburn, former Welsh Rugby Union player, took over from Mike Davies as Chairman of TREAT Trust Wales in 2014.

TREAT are delighted to welcome Paul on board as chairman, and Paul has this to say about his appointment:

“When I was asked by the Trustees to take on the role of Chairman for Treat Trust, I was absolutely delighted and indeed honoured. I have had an association with the Trust for a number of years, through my longstanding friendship with Mike and Mel Davies and although my involvement has to this point been more ambassadorial, I am now looking forward to working with the Board to drive the project forward.

Ultimately TREAT Trust Wales is aiming to provide a state of the art rehabilitation centre for the benefit of the local and Welsh community, to assist those with disability, whether permanent or temporary following accident or illness, in improving their quality of life, general fitness and sense of well-being and self-esteem.

The timing of my new appointment is very relevant, with the International Paralympic Championship European athletics games coming to Swansea in

August of this year and as Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, I am hoping that we can further educate and engage the general population to recognise the challenges people with physical disability face and, more importantly how we can help them”

WBTA celebrates 10th Anniversary in Style

Written by on 7th October 2014. Posted in News

The Work Based Training Agency (WBTA) celebrates it's 10 year Anniversary with a Charity Ball on Saturday 11th October 2014 at 6.30pm till the Manor Park Country Hotel, Clydach., Swansea, SA6 5NR


The ball is to celebrate the outstanding achievement of their learners and 10 years of WBTA success. The event will also be used to help raise money for TREAT Trust Wales The theme is a masked ball with black tie and evening dress. Tickets are £21.00 per person and includes a meal and entertainment.

Contact Kendall Evans on 01639 680067

Charity begins at ‘Home’

Written by on 6th August 2014. Posted in News

Everyone at Treat Trust Wales would like to thank our own singing superstar and President, Paul Potts, for showing us that charity really does begin at ‘Home’.  Along with an announcement that his new album ‘’ which will be released on 13th October(UK, other countries may vary), Paul has confirmed 50% of all sales of pre-ordered albums and some great exclusive items made via his PledgeMusic page will be given to Treat Trust Wales.  So if you fancy getting your hands on a signed photo or even a signed print of one of Paul’s amazing photographs then head on over to


Donation received from Masonic Province of South Wales

Written by on 18th July 2014. Posted in News

At the special meeting of the Masonic Benevolent Fund Court of Governors in Bridgend Temple on July 11th, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of South Wales, Gareth Jones, was pleased to present a cheque for £2500 to Melanie and Mike Davies, toward their commendable work in seeking to establish a world class centre for recovery and rehabilitation for all that need it, based at the Morriston Hospital site outside Swansea.  The cheque brings the total donated by Freemasonry to this worthy cause, thus far, to £7,000, from Provincial resources and individual Lodge fund raising. All monies donated to this, and many other deserving charities, both national and local comes entirely from Freemasons themselves.  Melanie gave those present a well delivered and passionate insight into how she became injured herself, and then inspired to dedicate herself to the establishing of the TREAT Trust centre, in the positive and amusing way she makes her own.  The fund raising goes on,  Melanie happy to attend wheelchair accessible locations to make a presentation in a quite remarkable fashion, and present her equally remarkable book, all proceeds from sales used to benefit the TREAT cause, and give a real insight into her hopes and plans. Her aim of the centre dedicated to recovery and rehabilitation is steadily gaining ground, supported not only by Freemasons, but leading figures such as Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Michael Sheen, Paul Potts, and Max Boyce to name but a few.


pictured (L-R) Mike Davies, Melanie Davies, Gareth Jones

TREAT Trust Wales AGM 2015

Written by on 13th May 2014. Posted in News

The AGM for TREAT Trust Wales will be held on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at the VIllage Hotel, Swansea at 6:30pm.

Tune in to Wales This Week on Monday 28th April

Written by on 23rd April 2014. Posted in News

Set your TV timers for Monday, 28th April at 8pm to watch Wales this Week's documentary 'Never Say Never' about TREAT's founder and inspiration Melanie Davies.

'Never Say Never' will be shown on ITV Wales as part of the award winning current affairs series "Wales this Week". The programme is being narrated by Ruth Wignall, ITV's news, weather and Coast and Country presenter.

As well as featuring interviews with Melanie and Mike Davies, the programme talks to TREAT Trust Wales' President Paul Potts, and patrons Rob Brydon, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Bennett Arron, the man who is planning to make a film of Melanie's book 'Never Say Die'.

The producer is Davina Payne and the film editor is Peter Dennis.


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Watch a preview of tonight's show:

Swansea man planning to travel from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a wheelchair

Written by on 22nd January 2014. Posted in News

A SWANSEA salon owner is gearing up for an epic wheelchair marathon in order to raise money for charity.

Mel Davies and Damian Hart

Damian Hart, manager of Tickled Kids Salon in Swansea, is planning to complete the route from John O’Groats to Land’s End in a wheelchair.

The 39 year old is hoping to complete the challenge on his own, in May 2015, after intensive training.

Mr Hart said: “I have lots of backing from the spinal surgeon at Morriston hospital and the University of South Wales.

“I am also hoping some Paralympic gold medallists will help me in my training for the event and get some more people on board.”

The challenge will raise money for Treat trust Wales which is aiming to provide a state of the art rehabilitation centre, to be built on land next to Morriston Hospital in Swansea, South Wales

Mr Hart said: “I really wanted to raise awareness of disabilities and the charity so decided to take part in this massive challenge.

“I have already started training and went out in the chair on Sunday for three hours to see how I cope in it.

“I am looking at getting an especially adapted chair because the route will be tough.

“I am feeling really excited and pumped about it at the moment.

“The adrenaline kicks in when I think about it.

“I am just keen to get started now.

“I have never done anything like this before so I have very much gone in at the deep end and got lots of planning to do.”

The ride will cover about 990 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End with around 60,000ft of climbing – which is twice the height of Everest.

Mr Hart said: “We are also making a documentary of my progress and the challenge and have already started filming.”

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Ex-Wales Skipper Joins Cause

Written by on 22nd January 2014. Posted in News

FORMER Wales rugby captain, Paul Thorburn is the latest famous face to become patron of a charity aiming to build a therapy and wellbeing centre near Morriston hospital.

“Becoming a patron and ambassador was just a case of formalising it and doing what I can to try to keep the profile of the charity as prominent as possible”

Read the full article at

(First published 16th December 2013 in The South Wales Evening Post, by Rachel Moses)

TREAT are delighted to welcome Paul Thorburn as patron

Written by on 9th January 2014. Posted in News

TREAT Trust Wales are delighted to welcome former Welsh rugby player, Paul Thorburn, as our newest charity patron.

Paul Thorburn

Melanie Davies, founder of the charity, said:

"We are thrilled that Paul has come on board to help support TREAT. We are looking forward to a very exciting 2014!"

A message from Michael

Written by on 2nd October 2013. Posted in News

A message from our patron, Michael Sheen, on TREAT Month.



What a wonderful initiative this is!

As a Patron, I’m delighted that three businesses in Swansea High Street’s Urban Village are teaming up together for our charity, TREAT Wales: The Raspberry Cakery putting on “The Great Swansea Bake-Off”, Mosaic Restaurant holding a “best recipe” competition and Tickled Children’s Hair Salon organising a children’s art competition.

It’s an absolute honour to be asked to decide the overall winner of the children’s pictures.

Each of the three age-groups will have an individual winner and it’s my privilege to judge which of these is the best overall. I look forward with eager anticipation to seeing the work of the three contenders.

I’m also delighted that the South Wales Evening Post (now itself a resident of the Urban Village) and Swansea Sound and the Wave are not only promoting the event but taking an active part. It is a pleasure to know that TREAT’s involvement will be helping to play a part in the High Street regeneration.

Regrettably my filming commitments in Los Angeles will prevent my being present in person at “Trick or TREAT Month”, but I shall be keeping closely in touch with what I know promises to be a significant and fun event involving people of all ages.

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