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Zeta in Swansea for charity visit
Catherine Zeta Jones and centre user Kelly Davies at the opening of the hydrotherapy pool

Catherine Zeta Jones has fulfilled her promise to be at the opening of a hydrotherapy pool at a centre for disabled adults in Swansea.

The actress, currently holidaying in Europe, is patron of the Longfields Day Centre in West Cross and has made a substantial donation towards the pool.

On Friday she joined her husband Michael Douglas and father David Jones at the official opening.

The couple spent over an hour talking to patrons of the day centre.

Denise Hughes, the centre's fundraising and public relations manager, said Zeta Jones was "absolutely marvellous" with the users of the centre.

"She was very talkative, shaking hands, kissing people, she was very natural with everyone. She gave a little speech at the pool and it was really a very happy occasion."

Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones is the patron of the Longfields Association.

Zeta Jones, star of blockbusters including Chicago and Ocean's Twelve, has had a long association with the centre since her school days in the city, and became patron of the centre in 2000.

Last year she gave what the centre calls a "very generous donation" towards the 280,000 costs of building the hydrotherapy pool which will also be used by other disabled organisations in the city.

Mrs Hughes said the actress's donation was only surpassed by the Big Lottery Fund.

Businesses in the Mumbles and Swansea area also contributed and one woman, Margaret Thrush, even raised 22,000 by making bucket collections in pubs.

Mrs Hughes said Michael Douglas, Zeta Jones' 60-year-old husband, was equally accommodating at the opening, talking to people who use the service and taking photos.

"Catherine said she was going to Europe continuing her holiday tomorrow but would be back in Mumbles where of course she has a house now later in the month.

House warming

"She said it was a delight to be back at Longfields and to see so many people".

Later on Friday the film stars visited their 2m five-bedroom house which has been built in Mumbles and joins other homes in Los Angeles, Aspen, New York, Bermuda and Majorca.

Douglas, arrived with a pot plant as a house warming gift for her parents who are also to live in part of the house.

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