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Big-hearted Rob Brydon hands £2k to charity

Charity organisers are laughing all the way to the bank thanks to funnyman Rob Brydon.

Gavin and Stacey's Uncle Bryn was one of the celebrity guests at a gala in the Brangwyn Hall back in February to launch Treat Trust Wales's fundraising drive.

The big-hearted Baglan boy bid £2,000 for a signed Welsh rugby shirt, and has now sent the cheque to the Swansea-based charity.

Treat aims to develop a £10 million therapy centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.

 

It was the brainchild of Melanie Davies, formerly of Port Talbot but now living near Pontardawe with her retired surgeon husband Mike, and has Hollywood star Michael Sheen as its president.

"I didn't see the bidding going on for the rugby shirt but people who did told me that Rob and Michael were bidding against each other," said Melanie.

"In the end Rob put in the winning bid of £2,000. It was fantastic. He has now sent the cheque to our event organiser and it has been forwarded to our treasurer ready to be paid into the bank.

"I know Michael Sheen well but it was the first time I had met Rob, who is now a Treat patron. What a lovely guy he is.

"I introduced him to someone who had suffered a broken neck and told him if he wanted to know what the driving force was behind Treat, he should talk to this man. Rob sat with him for ages and listened."

Other big-name Treat supporters include Port Talbot singer Paul Potts and Paralympic star Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

"All our patrons are very valued and generous supporters," said Melanie.

"We would love to get more celebrity names on board with us — the more the merrier, because it helps get Treat out there.

"We want people to spread the message and our patrons are ambassadors for Treat all over the world."

 

Published in South Wales Evening Post on 16th May 2011 by Paul Lewis.

Source: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/news/Big-hearted-Rob-Brydon-hands-163-2k-charity/article-3559161-detail/article.html

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