Small Man in a Lift
What happens in the lift stays in the lift…
These were the immortal words I heard last Sunday as I walked across Reception. I turned the corner just in time to see the lift doors close on Rob Brydon escorting Melanie Davies up to the first floor.
I giggled to myself, pleased to see that the glut of comedians that had stayed with us over the weekend – including Jack Dee, Tim Brooke Taylor and Barry Cryer – were as down to earth and pleasant as the best of us (in fact, Justin is going to dine out on the fact that he made Jack Dee chuckle for a good few weeks).
I was also glad to have the opportunity to chat with Melanie Davies later in the day. (Without compromising events in the lift) she was able to tell me why she’d been spending time with the very busy Rob Brydon – he, amongst other auspicious celebrities – is a patron of TREAT Trust Wales, a registered charity founded by Melanie focusing on building and running a Treatment, Rehabilitation, Exercise And Therapy centre near Morriston Hospital.
In the few moments I spent with Melanie, her story enchanted me – but I’m not going to tell you about it! You’ll need to buy a copy of her book Never Say Die to hear the story in her own words. (Every copy sold contributes to the funds of TREAT Trust Wales). Her passion is infectious and before I knew it I was holding the Olympic Torch, well Ok, an Olympic Torch – in fact Melanie’s Olympic Torch which she plans to auction in aid of TREAT with a provisio that it’s never to leave South Wales.
I, of course was delighted! I had seen the Olympic Flame when it stayed the night at The Dragon during its Swansea leg of the relay, and now I had also gotten to hold an Olympic Torch! In a few years, nay months, who’s going to remember that the events did not happen simultaneously? And you’ll never guess what I got up to in the lift…