Marilyn Fry

2018 is the 20th Anniversary of the founding of The Orpheus Centre by Sir Richard and Lady Annabel Stilgoe. The aim of the charity is to develop independence skills through performing and visual arts to help make a dramatic improvement to the lives of young disabled adults. Orpheus believes that every young disabled person should have the opportunity to develop these art based skills in an environment that provides supported housing and a personal care service. The young adults stay at the Centre for up to three years during which time they are focussed on gaining lasting independence for life in the world at large.

My involvement with The Orpheus Centre started in the year of their 10th Anniversary, 2008 when, as one of a group of Sir Richard's friends I helped organise a fund-raising dinner at Buckingham Palace. This was an amazing experience in itself, but what was even more amazing was listening to the students perform in the Palace Music Room in the presence of HRH Prince Edward. The students were truly brilliant but completely unfazed by the magnificent surroundings, unlike the rest of us who were rather tongue-tied! Since this time I have marvelled at the way the students handle all the situations in which they find themselves performing - nothing fazes them. On stage they produce fantastic shows worthy of great aclaim. But to reach this point in their lives they have overcome huge personal challenges -on a daily basis -so I reckon that if the students can overcome these challenges, then I can overcome my fear of flying and take up the challenge of Wing-Walking.So please, please support me - every penny raised will go to this very worthwhile cause. Many thanks in advance!

Marilyn Fry