52 Lives was founded by Jaime Thurston, a writer who lives in Berkshire.
At the time of this recording, 52 Lives was on life 149. Life 149? Every week, this charity helps a worthy someone, hence “life” or week 149. Each Christmas they help about 200 children. 100% of what people give goes to the person they are helping each week. Not a penny goes to 52 lives. Beginning as a Facebook interfamily gesture, the organization is currently supported by almost 100,000 kind strangers. Jaime was incredibly warm and fun to talk to on and off the recording. Check out how humble she is on Britain's ITV show Surprise Surprise when she is without notice, called from the audience for recognition from her gracious recipients whom she has not until the show, actually met.
Sometimes people are gracious not because of a tangible gift but because of the very fact that someone, a stranger, cares about them.
Jaime is originally from Australia. She began her career as a journalist, before moving to the UK, where she worked for a Member of the European Parliament, a wildlife charity and an organization that supported families of prisoners. She was a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board for a local prison, and a Trustee of a Richmond-based charity that helped isolated groups of people in the borough. She now runs 52 Lives, as well as the 12 Lives projects for our corporate partners – Cricks 12 Lives and Orchard 12 Lives. Jaime lives in Berkshire with her partner Greig and her three children, Abbey, Max and Joseph.
Jaime is the author of ‘KINDNESS – the little thing that matters most' and was recently named Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year 2016. She also received a Points of Light Award from UK Prime Minister David Cameron and a Richmond Community Award for her work.
“52 Lives has touched many more lives than just those of the people it helps each week. Jaime has given people around the world the chance to help others who are less fortunate. Household items many of us take for granted and small donations when they are put together really can change a life.”
Former Prime Minister David Cameron