Shirley Ballas pays tribute to her late brother David as she joins campaign to tackle loneliness

Shirley Ballas pays tribute to her late brother David 19 years after his tragic suicide… as she joins GMB’s campaign to tackle loneliness

Shirley Ballas paid tribute to her late brother David, who tragically took his own life in 2003 at age 44.

Sharing a post to Instagram, the Strictly judge, 61, penned: ‘Still so difficult that you are not here’ while remembering her sibling’s life with his daughter, Mary, and mum.

And the TV star has also joined Good Morning Britain‘s new 1 Million Minutes campaign to tackle loneliness, sharing a post for the project as she admitted: ‘You don’t have to be alone to feel lonely.’

Tribute: Shirley Ballas paid tribute to her late brother David on Monday - 19 years after he tragically lost his life to suicide

Tribute: Shirley Ballas paid tribute to her late brother David on Monday – 19 years after he tragically lost his life to suicide

Shirley shared a post as she stood in front of her brother’s picture display at Southbank, London, exactly 19 years to the day of his heartbreaking passing.

She wrote to her 264K followers: ‘On the 5th of December all those years ago. My dear brother decided to take his own life. To this day I’ll never be free of “What could I have done more”. 

‘Dearest David time goes so fast where have the years gone, you are missed on a daily basis. Talked about often and never forgotten. We celebrated your life yesterday, your daughter Mary, your mum and me. Still so difficult that you are not here. But I’m sure you would be so proud of Mary in so many ways. 

‘I’ll continue to work for @calmzone to help others like you a constant reminder to always watch out for those who are feeling low. Love you so much David you are always in our hearts. Continue to R.I.P

Helping: And the TV star has also joined Good Morning Britain's new 1 Million Minutes campaign to tackle loneliness, sharing a post for the project as she admitted: 'You don't have to be alone to feel lonely'

Helping: And the TV star has also joined Good Morning Britain’s new 1 Million Minutes campaign to tackle loneliness, sharing a post for the project as she admitted: ‘You don’t have to be alone to feel lonely’

She wrote to her 264K followers: 'On the 5th of December all those years ago. My dear brother decided to take his own life. To this day I’ll never be free of “What could I have done more”'

She wrote to her 264K followers: ‘On the 5th of December all those years ago. My dear brother decided to take his own life. To this day I’ll never be free of “What could I have done more”’

Concluding: ‘Any one out there with thoughts of loneliness or any other dark thoughts please reach out to all, let’s be vigilant on checking in on our loved ones and friends this december and always. you are loved.’

Shirley has worked wikth many charities in the years following her brother’s death, and is an ambassador for CALM – a charity who work to prevent suicide. 

And after the post, she also shared a picture for Good Morning Britain’s new 1 Million Minutes campaign, with the shot dubbed a ‘portait of loneliness’.

Heartbreaking: Shirley tragically lost her brother David in 2003 to suicide

Heartbreaking: Shirley tragically lost her brother David in 2003 to suicide

The black and white picture showed a sombre looking Shirley staring into the distance, as she penned: ‘You don’t have to be alone to feel lonely’. 

GMB’s campaign is an attempt to tackle loneliness and is urging members of the public to plege their time to combat it.

In addition to Shirley’s participation, a number of other celebrities were also pictured for their own Portrait of Loneliness as they joined the fight. 

Charity: GMB's campaign is an attempt to tackle loneliness and is urging members of the public to plege their time to combat it, with a number of celebrities taking time to feature in 'Portraits of Loneliness'

Charity: GMB’s campaign is an attempt to tackle loneliness and is urging members of the public to plege their time to combat it, with a number of celebrities taking time to feature in ‘Portraits of Loneliness’

Helping: Explaining how he combats the feeling of being lonely, Joe Wicks explained: 'Sometimes you can be surrounded by people, yet feel lonelier than ever. When I feel alone I always call my brother'

Helping: Explaining how he combats the feeling of being lonely, Joe Wicks explained: ‘Sometimes you can be surrounded by people, yet feel lonelier than ever. When I feel alone I always call my brother’

Speaking out on their own struggle with being lonely, Ricky Gervais was pictured as he said: ‘Loneliness can cause physical and mental health issues. We are social animals and need connection with others to feel well’. 

‘We can be in a crowd, but sometimes still feel alone,’ said Craig David, who’s monochrome picture was taken inside a recording studio. 

Explaining how he combats the feeling of being lonely, Joe Wicks explained: ‘Sometimes you can be surrounded by people, yet feel lonelier than ever. When I feel alone I always call my brother’.

Busy but alone: 'We can be in a crowd, but sometimes still feel alone,' said Craig David, who's monochrome picture was taken inside a recording studio'

Busy but alone: ‘We can be in a crowd, but sometimes still feel alone,’ said Craig David, who’s monochrome picture was taken inside a recording studio’

Helping out: Ben Shephard, who is a regular host on Good Morning Britain, also jolined the campaign

Helping out: Ben Shephard, who is a regular host on Good Morning Britain, also jolined the campaign

Not as it seems: 'One of the surprising things about loneliness is that some of the most sociable people you know can be affected by it,' said AJ Odudu

Not as it seems: ‘One of the surprising things about loneliness is that some of the most sociable people you know can be affected by it,’ said AJ Odudu

Stephen Mangan, Ben Shephard, Sarah Gordy and AJ Odudu are also taking part – with the digital gallery of pictures having launched on Monday at Westfield London, White City on a large digital screen.

The portable gallery will then drive past some of London’s famous landmarks including – Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament. 

Moving onto Cardiff on Tuesday 6th December, Belfast on Wednesday 7th December, Glasgow on Thursday 8th December and finishing up on The Promenade, Blackpool on Friday 9th December.

Stephen Mangan assured: 'Everyone feels low at some point. You are never alone'

Stephen Mangan assured: ‘Everyone feels low at some point. You are never alone’

While Sarah Gordy joins the group of participating celebrities, whose monochrome pictures are now on display in London's Westfield, White City

While Sarah Gordy joins the group of participating celebrities, whose monochrome pictures are now on display in London’s Westfield, White City

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