Rate treat for brave Shirley

A former dancer who lost a leg had one of the treats of her lifetime thanks to her daughter.

Nominated by her daughter Tracey King, pensioner and former dancer Shirley King, from Billingshurst,  was chosen to receive a very special trip to see Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House


In celebration of its year-long charity partnership with 52 Lives, asked people across the UK to nominate a friend, relative, neighbour or colleague who was in need of a helping hand.


Open to anyone with a account, hundreds of heartfelt nominations flooded in – covering everything from pleas for much-needed car repairs, to family days out.


The team at along with Jaime Thurston, Founder of 52 Lives, spent hours carefully considering each and every request, but a decision had to be made.



Jaime Thurston said: “Shirley was a former dancer who has sadly lost her leg. Despite the loss, Shirley is still an avid fan of dancing, in particular ballet.


“Shirley loves to watch DVDs of ballet, and her daughter nominated her to receive some more DVDs so that she can continue to enjoy her passion.


“Thanks to support from, we were able to surprise Shirley and her two daughters with tickets to see Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House in July, as well as travel, accommodation, and meals for the weekend. “

After finding out that her nomination had been successful Tracey  said: ” I nominated my mum as I believe she deserved something special due to everything she has been through over the last five years. She has never moaned or complained and always carried on fighting! When I told mum that she had been chosen she was so overwhelmed and couldn’t believe it.


“It’s emotional to see her so humbled by this generosity. I can’t describe what this means to us. For the first time in the last three years I have a little bit of my mum back again! I can’t thank 52 Lives and enough.”


Alison Digges, Managing Director of Gaming Brands at Ladbrokes Coral, said: “We know that it can be hard to see someone we care about go without something – it is one of the reasons we have been proudly supporting 52 Lives with weekly donations, and ensuring they can go on changing lives and helping those who really need it.


“52 Lives is a fantastic charity that changes someone’s life every week of the year, posting a story about someone every week on their website and social media channels, and working with supporters to give that person the help they require. For us, giving to those who are in need, and spreading kindness and happiness is so important.


“We were delighted to arrange this special treat for Shirley and her daughters. Her story really resonated with us, and, although it was an incredibly tough decision to make, we felt she was especially deserving.”


Duncan James, musician, actor and celebrity friend said: “I was proud to be involved in helping to spread the word about this partnership and nomination campaign back in December. Seeing the journey progress right through to the gift-giving stage has been a real pleasure.


“I hope that Shirley and her daughters thoroughly enjoy their weekend at the ballet.”

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