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‘Get out of the Rut’ winners announced
just in time for their best Christmas present of all.
Shelley Mancusa, 34. Shelley was nominated by her mother after
she read the original article in the Herts Ad.
Having worked since the age of 16, Shelley also supported her brother through a traumatic brain injury. She then fought for six years to conceive and after eventually falling pregnant, due to a catalogue of errors the treacherous birth led her to suffer both physical and emotional scars.
She said: “This is a life changing opportunity and I really can’t thank everyone enough. I am still in shock and this is the best Christmas present my family and I could ever wish for. I feel so stuck but now have the opportunity to change things.”
Her mum added: “This will greatly improve her self esteem and make her feel good about herself, as well as help her get out of the house and back into the world. I want to see her smile and laugh and enjoy life and look in the mirror and see the beautiful person she is.”