History of TREAT Trust
THIRTY years after her life changed forever, Melanie Davies was hit with another devastating blow, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
But not one to be brought down by the disease, she set about taking her mind off it, by developing an idea for a therapy centre for people with serious illness or injuries.
That led to the formation of the Treat Trust Wales.
The centre, planned for the grounds of Morriston Hospital, is going to cost around £10 million and Treat has launched a campaign to raise the first £1 million in the next year.
But the money still needs to be raised — and celebrity supporters like Sheen and Paul Potts are helping the charity on its way.
Last year, Baglan comic Rob Brydon held a show in aid of the charity at Swansea's Grand Theatre, which was sold out in an instant.
Now the charity hopes Trick or TREAT month will really put their cause on the map.
In 2008, land was found for the state-of-the-art facility being pioneered by the charity, run by Mrs Davies and husband Mike — who was her surgeon following her accident aged 15.
The land, in the grounds of Morriston Hospital, was identified after Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Trust offered up a series of potential sites at a reduced rent
The aim is to produce a wellbeing centre, including swimming pools and a fitness suites for people with a variety of disabilities, including the visually impaired and hard of hearing.
It had originally been hoped the venture, that former Assembly Health Minister Jane Hutt described as 'pioneering', would open its doors in 2004.
But due to a lack of funds, the charity is still waiting to realise its dream.
Work is expected to start on the land before 2015.