52 Lives

Our Founder

Jaime Thurston

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 organisation that supported families of prisoners. Jaime lives in Berkshire with her husband, Greig, and her three children.

Jaime is the author of 'Kindness - the little thing that matters most' and 'The Kindness Journal.'  

Jaime was named in the King's Birthday Honours List in June 2023, receiving a British Empire Medal for services to charity. She was also was awarded Clarins Woman of the Year 2016 and has also received a Points of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister and a Richmond Community Award for her work. She was named in The Independent's Happy 50 List in 2018, an alternative Rich List that celebrates people who make life better for others. Jaime's work has also been promoted by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in celebration of organisations that create a sense of togetherness and community.

“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."

UK Prime Minister, Points of Light Award

Twitter: @jaimethurston