Warwick Davis was clearly thrilled to receive a 2018 National Diversity Award tonight for his work on behalf of Little People UK. Winning Celebrity of the Year, he dedicated his award to Little People UK.
‘I dedicate this award to the members of #LittlePeopleUK, individuals with dwarfism throughout the UK & the world… you are all #PositivelyUnique.’
Warwick Davis is an actor, television presenter, writer, director and producer. He played the title characters in Willow and the Leprechaun film series, the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi and Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films. Warwick, who has spoken out about the importance of diversity in the TV and film industry has fronted shows to challenge perceptions about dwarfism.
Along with his wife Samantha, Warwick co-founded Little People UK in 2012 to offer friendship and support to people with dwarfism, their families and friends, and help to build a positive future for those individuals. Since its inception, Little People UK has become a registered charity and an essential resource for the social, medical and financier needs of the little people community in the UK. To date it’s attracted 200 members, along with the support of highly respected surgeons.
Congratulations to Warwick – aka the hardest working man in showbusiness – for this very well deserved award.
Source – Fanthatracks
ITV has unveiled a chilling installation of rooftop sculptures intended to raise awareness around male suicide. The life sized statues appeared on the roof of the television network’s Southbank studios as part of a campaign called Project 84 – run in tandem with suicide prevention charity CALM. According to the network, the installation features 84 life-sized figures to represent the 84 men who die in Britain through suicide each week. The Project 84 movement is urging the government to take action to improve suicide prevention and bereavement support for men in the UK.
Biggest killer of under 45s Matthew Smith is leading the campaign after his brother Dan took his own life 13 years ago. “My brother Dan was my best pal and my idol,” he said. “He was taken by something silent, something none of his friends or family saw coming.
“The true horror of what we as his family experienced when he took his own life is something that could be preventable if we all take a stand together.” Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK – and Project 84 has started a petition in an attempt to help address the issue. ‘Get them talking’ The installation was unveiled on ITV’s This Morning, with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield backing the campaign. Phillip said: “Here at This Morning we never shy away from stories that can be difficult to talk about – and without doubt, one of the most heart-breaking is losing a loved one to suicide.” Holly added: “That is why today we are unveiling 84 life-sized sculptures – each representing a real man who has taken his own life, in the hope that it will stop people in their tracks, make them pay attention and get them talking.” The project was designed by American artist Mark Jenkins in collaboration with Harry’s grooming products and will be visible to Londoners until April 1.