Prince Charles makes Hailsham ‘super’gran’ an MBE for charity work

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A fundraising daredevil grandmother from Hailsham has been made an MBE.

Self styled action gran Shirley Price was named in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to charity.

She officially became a Member of the British Order when she received her honour from Prince Charles.

Mrs Price, who lives at Bodle Street Green, has raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in a number of hair-raising birthday stunts over the last decade, including a wing walk, a bungy jump and a sky dive.

The 80-year-old was accompanied to Buckingham Palace by her son, Ian Fletcher-Price from Eastbourne, daughter Clare Martin who lives at South Chailey, and 11-year-old granddaughter Georgie Martin, who won a family draw to establish which of Shirley’s five grandchildren would join her for her big day on Friday, May 10.

Mrs Price said: “It was a truly memorable day and I was so pleased to be able to share it with some of my family.

“Georgie, in particular, will remember it for the rest of her life and not just for the experience of visiting Buckingham Palace but she also got to meet and talk to some of her Olympic heroes such as swimmer Ellie Simmonds, rower Katherine Copeland and taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones, who were also there receiving their awards.”

Shirley has spent years working with and raising money for, amongst others, the East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People (ESAB) and the Herons Ghyll Carriage Driving for the Disabled Group.

Last year she celebrated her 80th birthday with a sponsored skydive at Headcorn Airfield, Kent.

Five years previously she had travelled at speeds of up to 140mph strapped to the wings of a Boeing Stearman biplane.

On her 70th birthday she went parasailing to help her favourite charities.

Shirley is currently Chairman of the Friends of ESAB, a group she helped to form last year to raise money towards the £300,000 ESAB needs every year in order to provide blind and partially sighted people in the county with the vital services they need to increase their independence, confidence and wellbeing.

Launched in 1921, ESAB supports 1,700 blind and partially sighted people. For more information visit www.eastsussexblind.org