Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain's leading philanthropists and has donated most of her life to helping good causes, especially those close to her heart. In Let it Go, her fascinating memoir Dame Stephanie charts her life from her time as a child in Germany and arrival in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee through to her retirement and dedication to charity. It is an amazing read which will take you through the entire range of emotions - from happiness at the success of her original company Freelance Programmers through to the ultimate sadness of losing her only child. Dame Stephanie Shirley (79) is a successful entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. She was appointed the first ever national Ambassador for Philanthropy in 2009/10. Having arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied child refugee in 1939, she started a software house that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women (especially in hi-tech) along the way.
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