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Royale secrets of being ageless


The Royale secrets of being ageless! 


LizSmith.jpg (12812 bytes)Actress Liz Smith best-loved for her role as Nana in The Royale Family and the barmy cake-maker in The Vicar of Dibley, has revealed her secret of staying ageless! She is hoping that her secrets will encourage others to place their nominations in the Charity’s ageless award scheme the Not Old, Just Older Awards (nojos), Patron Cherie Booth QC.    

Liz has never allowed age to stand in the way of being an award-winning actress.  Having started acting at the age of 9 she only became a professional actress at the age of 50 when she was taken on by an agent. Liz went on to win a Bafta for her role in A Private Function at the age of 59! The actress who endearingly identifies her age as "late seventies... very, very late seventies", believes it’s just a number and that truly she is ageless.  Below are her ‘Ever-Youthful Tips on Staying Ageless’: 


  • Learn New Skills – don’t let age prevent you from doing what you want to do, particularly if it’s a lifetime ambition. This was the case of last year’s nojos sports winner who had wanted to sail across the Atlantic for 69 years! At the age of 89, she finally did it, in a gaff cutter built for her in 1936!

  • Be Proud of Your Wrinkles – worrying causes more wrinkles than smiling so never let wrinkles prevent you from having a giggle.

  • Only Have Happy Thoughts On Getting Older - I was certainly pleased to find out that scientists have discovered that being happy and having a positive attitude to getting older, adds 7.5 years to your lifespan. 

  • Grey Hair & Wrinkles Only Adds Character - not to mention attractive!  Think George Clooney, Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave.

  • And If You Don’t Want To Get Older – then you don’t have to!  According to psychologists, adulthood now starts at 35 which means we only have to count our adult years, so everyone’s young!


If you want to take part in the Charity’s ageless award scheme, Not Old Just Older Awards (nojos), in association with BT, then nominate somebody now!  

You can obtain a form from the nojos hotline on 020 7239 1922 or e-mail; The closing date for nominations is Friday 10th January 2003.  The short-listed nojos nominees will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel, London on 19th March 2003. 

There are seven categories; Achievement in Sport, Quality of Life, Outstanding Achievement, Consumer Services, Intergeneration, Schools and International Achievement.  



Below is the list of award categories and who can apply:   



Achievement in Sport

Open to individuals of 60 years or over who, through sporting endeavour, has shown that age need not be an impediment to physical pursuit, or who has devoted time and talent for the benefit of others.



Winner in 2002: The oldest yachts-woman in the world (90 years old) to sail across the Atlantic and back.

Runner Up: The oldest woman in the country (70 years old) with a black belt 4th Dan in Taekwondo.    




Quality of Life

For an organisation or individual who has enhanced the quality of life of older people either as an individual or as a whole community.  This may be via healthcare, community involvement, volunteer work, a technological innovation or creation, improved mobility or the ability to live in their own home with greater ease.


Winner in 2002: Described as the ‘voice of the elderly (74 years old) a visitor at No. 10 & guest speaker at the Commons

Runner Up: A woman (62 years old) who  has given hope to hundreds of people who have suffered a stroke      




Outstanding Achievement

Open to individuals of 60 years or over who has either continued to dedicate their life to a project or service that they have created, or has undertaken an amazing adventure or completed some extraordinary feat after retirement.



Winner: A ‘Champion for the Chinese Community’, (79 years old) helped hundreds of older people.

Runner Up: A man (62 years old) who has helped over 900 diabetes sufferers live a normal life.  




Consumer Services

Open to individuals, corporates and companies large and small for assisting older people, dealing with older peoples issues and needs, or developing a policy for older people in the work place. For example: A member of staff who has helped an older person with their shopping or a company policy produced specifically for older people as customers or in the workplace.


Winner: A DIY centre which counts 19% of the over 50’s as its employees, with the most senior aged 88. 

Runner Up: The only multicultural sheltered accommodation in the North West 



Schools - *NEW AWARD*

Sponsored by Barclays

Open to individuals of 18 years of age or younger, who have enhanced the quality of life of older people. For example: through individual one to one development, caring for an older person.



Formerly Youth Award - Winner: A High School whose work includes adopt a gran/grandad scheme.

Runner Up: An eight  year old who gave his Gran a new lease of life after her husband died seven years ago.    







Open to individuals of 18 years or younger, who have enhanced the quality of life of older people and individuals of 60 years or over who have enhanced the lives of younger people. For example: through individual one to one development or via an intergenerational project.




International Achievement



Open to individuals or organisations who have actively worked to benefit older people in need or crisis overseas.  Either on a voluntary basis or in the field.  For example, Fundraising in the UK, working on a project that benefits older people overseas, through disaster work or raising the profile of older people through journalism.




Hall of Fame

Open to a public figure of 60 years or over who has actively served as an inspiration either through their voluntary work or their everyday life.




Recipients of the Hall of Fame Award in previous years have included Lord Attenborough CBE, Dame Vera Lynn,

Dame Thora Hird DBE, Barbara Windsor , Sir Norman Wisdom and Honor Blackman.





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