Dilys Price, founder of the pioneering Touch Trust, the smallest resident company at the Wales Millennium Centre, has won the Lifetime Achiever Award at the UK's National Diversity Awards. The Award was announced at a glitzy black tie award ceremony at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in London on the weekend, hosted by TV personality Brian Dowling and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell.
82-year-old Dilys has completed over 1,000 jumps and holds the Guinness World Record for 'Oldest Female Sky Diver'.
At the ceremony, Dilys received a standing ovation from the 500 guests in attendance, which included people from a wide-ranging cross section of charities and diverse groups, as well as leading companies such as headline sponsor Microsoft. Guest speakers included human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. A special award was also given (posthumously) to cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton, who raised nearly £5 million for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
On her return to Wales, Dilys said "I am still on cloud nine; it was so wonderful to be amongst such inspirational people. I very much hope this award will also help extend greater awareness across the UK of the pioneering work Wales is undertaking in sports as well as in the arts. As the founder of these diversity awards, Paul Sesay, said at the ceremony, there are still lots of underprivileged groups whose voice needs to be heard. I hope my award will go some way to turning up the volume for Wales."
To mark her achievement Wales Millennium Centre has released this video, which also celebrates older people, in good time for Older People's Day on Wednesday, October 1. UK Older People's Day coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy. Older People's Day supports the campaign to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.
Dilys epitomizes what older people can achieve. She also currently holds the Guinness World Record as the Oldest Woman Sky Diver. Dilys made her first parachute jump at the age of 54 - at 82 she is now the oldest female skydiver in the world, and has completed almost 1,120 jumps. Two weeks ago she completed a skydive with 16-year-old Megan Fears, whose brother is a regular guest at Touch Trust, to raise £10,000 for the trust.
Dilys is founder and director of The Touch Trust, one of the eight Artistic Residents in the iconic Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. This pioneering charity offers unique and creative movement education ('touch therapy'), primarily for individuals with a learning disability, those affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder, complex needs and behaviour which challenges, but also to other vulnerable groups in the community.
A special video produced by a young Cardiff filmmaker Tom Fears, brother of Greg, one of Touch Trust's regular beneficiaries, was shown at the Awards Ceremony in London.
The awards have gained a mass of celebrity support from the likes of Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed and singing sensation Misha B. Bafta award winning actor, Adam Deacon added his support 'The National Diversity Awards exceed in bringing people from all walks of life together. Their ability to highlight positive role models and community organisations from underrepresented backgrounds is so necessary in the fight for social justice'.
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View the short film of Daredevil Dilys, created by Wales Millennium Centre here.
Full Press Release, via Wales Millennium Centre here.