David Price Award 2020

Graham Downing, winner of the David Price Award 2019, pictured with Sylvia Nicholls (Making it Real Board), Graham Downing, Christine Price and Stephen Vickers (Herefordshire Council)

2019 Awards Pictured left to right: Sylvia Nicholls (Making it Real Board), Graham Downing (winner), Christine Price and Stephen Vickers (Herefordshire Council).

The David Price Award recognises a person who has, in an unpaid capacity, helped change the lives of a Herefordshire adult or adults for the better.

Nominations for 2020 David Price Award

Nominations for the 2020 award closed on 31 October 2019. The winner will be announced on this page in due course.

Typical candidates may be a friend, an unpaid carer, a neighbour, support worker, member of a group or organisation, family member, colleague or volunteer. Nominations should demonstrate, with examples, how the candidate has done one or more of the following:

  • Shown understanding, respect and dignity
  • Made a positive difference to the life of an adult or adults
  • Championed concerns and challenged on behalf of others
  • Given up their own time

The person nominated can be of any age and must have made a difference to an adult or adults in Herefordshire.

Background to the award

The award celebrates the life of David Price who was a pioneer of disability involvement across the community. Supported by his loving family and dedicated personal assistants, he was instrumental in changing the public's perception of disability. He championed the voice of local adult social care service users in Herefordshire and Worcestershire for many years.

David Price was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 at the age of 13. It's a hereditary condition which causes multiple benign tumours on the skin, brain, spine and internal organs. It affects different people in different ways: David had the neurofibromas on his skin and spinal cord so that in his twenties he was using a walking stick and then later in this thirties he became a wheelchair user.

In his early years, David was able to play the violin, learn to drive, paint the most wonderful pictures and walk the dog several miles. His illness robbed him of all these things and he often felt frustrated. But he remained positive and channelled his energy into those things which he knew could make a difference. Above all, David was known for his wicked sense of humour.

Among his achievements in his later years, he was chair of a small campaigning organisation "Group for Improved Living for the Disabled", where he inspired others to remain independent and in charge of their futures.

David Price Awards 2019

Graham Downing, who works for Services for Independent Living (SIL) in Leominster, was presented with the 2019 David Price award for his outstanding commitment to care.

Read more about the winner on WISH.