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Chat Specials BEST OF 2 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Chat Specials is the monthly series spin-off from one of Britain's best-loved magazines. With eight ‘Seasonals' and five ‘Best Ofs', the series captures the very best from Chat. with the most gripping and moving stories that will get everyone talking. There's much more than just explosive real-life, though, with fabulous fashion, bargain beauty, health advice you can trust, top travel tips, reliable recipes, and laughs and surprises galore. Plus there's 12 prize puzzles to pit your wits against. A fun package to keep you truly entertained.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Life can often be cruel, sending us to rock bottom. But in these moments, we can find the strength to fight back and become better people. Carole (pg6) will probably never understand why her beautiful daughter took her own life. She showed no signs of being depressed. But out of her grief, she’s set up a foundation to stop other families from suffering the same fate. When he realised his weight was preventing him from being a proper dad, Darren (pg18) finally stepped up. But an unexpected blow put a stop to his exercise programme. Still, he persevered, step by step. We’re supporting the Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day this June, after being inspired by Caroline’s story (pg24). While watching her mum’s condition deteriorate, she decided to give back to the people who’ve supported…

6 min
the fear i couldn’t escape

Yolande Kennedy, 51, Thurrock, Essex Running out of the front door, the ice cold air was like a slap in the face. It’d just gone 6am, and was getting light. I’d have to hurry if I wanted to catch the bus to my job in London, working in an exchange bureau. It was 17 September 1985. A typical 18-year-old, I would have preferred to stay in bed that day. I lived at home with my mum Diana, 49, and my dad Stanley, 51, but I loved socialising and seeing friends. But I had to go work – I needed the cash to fund all the fun. I hurried down the deserted road in the quiet Essex village. First, past the small row of houses, then a gate. It was my usual route. Walking by, I noticed a figure leaning against…

6 min
the last goodbye

Carole Fowkes, 50, Bourne, Lincolnshire As my phone rang, I glanced at the screen and smiled. It was my daughter, Alexandra, calling. ‘Hi Mum, I’m just ringing to tell you that I’m coming home for the week!’ she said. It was a call I always looked forward to getting since Alexandra had moved to Durham University to study mathematics almost three years earlier. We’d always been so close. As my only child, she was my friend as well as my daughter. Her dad Tony, 56, and I had split up years earlier, but she got on well with my partner Steve, 49, and still saw plenty of her own father. During her first year at university, Alexandra flourished. I loved hearing about her plans for the future She was enjoying her independence and, as a sociable girl, she was…

2 min
aisle be there

Jessica Wright, 26, Tamworth Sitting on the loo, I was bent over in pain. What’s wrong with me, I grimaced, forcing myself to my feet. As I looked into the loo bowl, I noticed spots of blood. ‘You need to get yourself checked out,’ my fiancé Dale, 27, said to me that evening, after telling him. ‘Hopefully it’s nothing serious,’ I said. But over the next few days, the cramping just worsened. I was in absolute agony. ‘You poor thing,’ my mum Ruth said, as I sat on the bathroom floor in bits, talking to her on the phone. I’d rush to the loo up to 30 times a day. So I stopped leaving the house, out of fear I’d have an accident while out. I started to become a shadow of my former self. ‘Right, I’m taking you to A&E,’…

3 min
hop to it!

Theresa Loyacano, 42, Texas Walking around the house, I called out for our dog. ‘Nessie!’ I shouted. ‘Come here girl!’ It was dinner time and I knew the little thing would want feeding. Suddenly, my adorable Nessie came hopping towards me. You’d be forgiven for thinking we had a baby kangaroo in the house – but Nessie is actually our two-legged chihuahua! Last January, my thoughts turned to our beloved Dachshund, Sunday, who we’d sadly lost the year before. I’d started looking at pet shelters, wondering whether it was time to get a new pup. We’d never replace Sunday, but me and my husband Gregory, 45, missed her so much, I thought it would be a nice idea. My heart melted as the cutest, most vulnerable thing I’d ever seen popped up on the screen. ‘Come see this!’ I…

1 min
hey ewe!

These adorable photos show five newborn lambs dressed in woolly jumpers to keep them warm. Tiny lambs Finn, Freddy, Flora, Fleur and Freya were born on 24 February, and live at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Comrie, Perth and Kinross, but were born at a nearby farm. Shona Coutts, 21, has the enjoyable job of caring for the lambs at the wildlife centre. She said the woolly jumpers they are dressed in were originally designed for dogs, and cost a couple of pounds. Shona said: ‘We got the lambs from a local farm. ‘We feed them on a bottle for eight weeks, then they are weaned and go back to the farm. ‘At the moment, the jumpers are how we tell them apart.’ Finn and Freddy have been given red and blue jumpers to wear, while their sisters…