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Chat Specials SPRING SPECIAL 2020

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

As Mother’s Day rolls around on 22 March, it’s important to show the women in our lives, just how wonderful they are. To celebrate this, we’ve given you plenty of thoughtful gifts to choose from to say thank you for everything they do (pg54). Sometimes, it takes being a mum to realise what needs to be done. After giving birth to the child she’d always wanted, Tracey (pg32)knew she needed to make a drastic change. We always wonder what our family will pass down to us, but when it turns out to be for the worse, it can be hard to accept. When Melanie (pg28) found out she could face the same ending as her parents, she vowed to live a life of happiness and adventure. While some people choose to live a…

3 min
ust the start

Lynne Baird, 62, Birmingham Dear Dan, I remember the day you were born in August 1990 like it was only yesterday. In fact, I remember when you and your seven siblings Elly, 46, Jamie, 35, Thomas, 34, Michael, 33, Kerry, 30, Rory, 27, and Holly, 26, were born. They are some of the proudest days of my life. You in particular were so kind and loving. You were so happy that day It’s probably those wonderful qualities that attracted your long-term girlfriend Gemma to you at just nine-years-old. You were inseparable and you had one of the strongest forms of love I’ve ever seen. So it was no surprise that we all knew you were going to get married one day. You had the perfect life together, but working on constructions, it would be a while before you…

6 min
making it matter

We didn’t understand what had happened, but the following day, the police filled us in. ‘It looks like Dan and his friends were involved in an altercation with another group of boys,’ the officer told us. ‘When Dan and his friends left the Forge Tavern, the other group of boys were waiting for them and launched an attack. ‘Dan was stabbed in the heart with what looked like a Rambo-style knife. ‘He was rushed to hospital, but sadly he bled to death.’ I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, Dan. I didn’t even know you’d gone out that night with your friends. I couldn’t believe it at all You were 26-years-old, I had no control over your social life, but I thought you were just staying at Gemma’s. You must have decided to go and celebrate your job. Outside…

1 min
the bleed kits

City of London Police’s Assistant Commissioner, Alistair Sutherland, said: ‘The City of London Police is proud to launch this initiative, in partnership with the Daniel Baird Foundation, as part of Lynne’s passionate campaign in memory of her son. These kits will help us achieve our aim of making the City as safe as possible for the people who live, work and visit the Square Mile.’ West Midlands Police will be rolling out 400 more Bleed Control Kits, including 100 in Birmingham West and 100 in Birmingham East.…

3 min
dates with death

Mark Dabbs, 39, Walsall, West Midlands For most people, their dream holiday is jetting off to a hot beach, seeing famous landmarks and trying fun activities. For me, my ideal vacation is visiting famous and historical figures’ graves and snapping photos with tombstones. I’m the country’s only self-confessed tomb tourist and I’ve travelled the world in the hunt for gravestones. It all began when I was 16 years old, on a trip to the States with my brother David. Standing at John F. Kennedy’s Eternal Flame at National Cemetery, I was fascinated. This is so interesting, I thought, taking a picture. When I left school, I found a fascination with history and began reading biographies. In the 90s, I travelled more. I’d read about the history of a person, visit their grave, capture a picture and keep it. I’ve travelled…

2 min
on my own two feet

Claire Oldfield, 37, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Pretending to be sick in school, I managed to get out of the weekly sports swimming trip. ‘You could be a rugby player, look at the size of your legs,’ one child said, laughing. Looking down at my chunky legs, I wanted the ground to swallow me up. My bottom half was six times larger than my top half. At an early age, I suffered cruel taunts as a child. Doctors used to tell me that I was obese, before a diagnosis was finally given when I was 14. ‘Lipedema is a common disorder characterised by abnormal amounts of fat cells in your legs,’ the doctor said. There is no known cure for Lipedema. Soon after my diagnosis, I refused to eat, willing my legs to shrink in size. But nothing would…