The world’s oldest skydiver, Dilys Price, has passed away at the age of 88 after she’s completed more than 1,100 skydives since she was 54-years-old.
Tributes have poured in for the “truly inspiring” woman, Dilys Price, who has passed away at the age of 88-years-old. Known for setting up a Welsh charity, she’s also recognised for being a world record holder for being the world’s oldest female skydiver.
The retired teacher from Cardiff became hooked on skydiving aged 54 when she completed her first-ever jump to raise money for charity. In the following three decades, she completed 1,139 solo jumps – including one when she was 81-years-old in 2013, which saw her become the world’s oldest ever female skydiver.
Dilys’ is the founder of Touch Trust, a Cardiff charity which offers unique movement education and touch therapy for individuals who have learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other vulnerable groups with complex needs.
In 2003, she received an OBE for services to people with special needs and then a lifetime achiever award at the National Diversity Ceremony.
Five years later, she was honoured with the Pride of Britain award and became the face of fashion brand Helmut Lang at the age of 86.
Dilys’ death was announced on Friday night and since then, tributes have been pouring onto social media.
Cardiff Metropolitan University, where Dilys was an Honorary Fellow, said in a statement: “We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Dilys Price.
“An Honorary Fellow and true friend to the university, Dilys was a force for good and an inspiration to us all.
“We send our condolences to the family.”
Meanwhile, Superwoman Network’s Twitter account, said: “We have heard sad news that one of our best loved speakers Dilys Price has passed away.
“Founder of Touch Trust, oldest sky diver, joyful and generous. Dilys, we salute you. Nos Da Dilys fach x.”
Mencap Cymru said in a statement: “With joy comes sadness. After congratulating some well deserved recipients of honours this morning, we were saddened to learn of the passing of learning disability campaigner Dilys Price OBE.
“Founder of Touch Trust, a charity supporting people with profound and multiple impairments.
“She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by the Mencap Cymru family in Wales.”