Royal Trinity Hospice’s Chief Executive Dallas Pounds has been announced as one of the speakers at this year’s TEDx Wandsworth. Dallas will talk about death and dying as part of the ‘Truth & Dare’-themed event to be held on Saturday 25th November 2017 at South Thames College.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a programme of locally organised events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

Dallas’ talk will examine the myths and taboos surrounding death and dying and why we find it so hard to talk about this universally relevant topic. Dallas is one of 16 speakers who will explore the theme of Truth & Dare and talk for up to 18 minutes.

Other speakers include David Yubb, the Artistic Director of Battersea Art Centre, Jo Youle, the Chief Executive of Missing People, and Jason Leigh Forshaw, Research Fellow at Surrey Space Centre.

Dallas said, “It’s fantastic to be involved in this event. My topic will explore the need for us to take back ownership of death and dying and be able to discuss it with our children, our family, and our friends. The ‘truth’ is we will all die, the ‘dare’ is to take the courageous step of acknowledging this and being prepared for it.”

Kay Chauhan, Organiser for TEDxWandsworth said: “We’re excited about the speakers who have come on board. We are compelling them to look at the world around us; our communities, our workplaces, the media & democratic institutions, and even to outer space, and asked them to bring truth to power, dare to speak their truth, and invite and empower individuals and institutions with divergent views to think and debate.”