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Chat Specials March 2021

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

With spring just around the corner, we have so much to look forward to. This month, as we share with you some adorable spring creatures (pg61), cracking eggs (pg44) and lighter clothes (pg34), we hope you’re hopeful for all that is to come. Kayte (pg18) knows how important it is to stay positive. After being advised to terminate her pregnancy, her and her husband decided against it. Against all the odds, her little one survived and two-and-a-half years on, he’s thriving at home. And he’s not the only baby loving life this month. When Deborah (pg45) fell pregnant, she was determined to maintain her active lifestyle. As a couple, her and her boyfriend have always loved to hike, and when Lara came along, that wasn’t going to change. With extra clothes and…

6 min
final journey

Dawn Jenks, 53, Coven, Staffordshire Harry was a blessing from the moment he was born. I’d been expecting twins when I was pregnant, but miscarried one baby at 15-weeks. After, I’d bled continually and I was terrified the same fate would happen to Harry. So, when we welcomed him into the world, weighing 7lb 7oz, I knew he’d always be my baby boy. The midwife called him a ‘gift from God’, and she was right. Me and my husband Nigel, 52, already had two older children, Spencer, then eight, and Lydia, then five. Harry truly was a gift from God Harry was the sweetest little brother to them. At two-years-old, he had a lazy eye and needed glasses. He toddled around adorably, looking like the Milky Bar kid. As soon as he was old enough to kick a ball…

3 min
too fast

The police couldn’t tell us much more. ‘What did she do that night?’ I wept to Nigel. For 10 months, she’d been hiding a secret – she killed our boy. I felt so angry, so betrayed and hurt by it all. Days later, I was reading the local paper when I saw a story on Megan. She was denying the charges of her impending court case. And… she was pregnant with another man’s child! Our boy hadn’t even been buried a year, and she’d already moved on. We were devastated for Harry. In July last year, Megan Wagstaff, 21, finally faced her fate in Warwick Crown Court. She changed her plea to guilty and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years and was banned from driving for six years and three months. Nigel and I chose not to go to the…

2 min
never too old

Terry Keen, 74, from Surrey Pedalling as fast as I could, I was making my way from Berwick Upon Tweed to Cornwall for Anchor Hanover – England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people. I was carrying a 90th birthday card for the Queen for the residents to sign. As an ex-personal trainer, helping people stay active has always been my passion. I do love a glass of red! Whilst I wouldn’t call myself a fitness fanatic – as I love a bottle of red and a good meal – I definitely like to stay fit. After the cycling event, I was top of the list when it came to anything fitness related with Anchor Hanover. So, when they asked me to get involved with their partnership with Sports England and think tank…

2 min
young entrepreneur

Oliver Hodgson, 17, the Lake District Transitioning into secondary school, it was a daunting experience for all. I’d had an amazing time in primary school, but within just a few weeks, things started to change. ‘Gay!’ the older kids began shouting at me. I didn’t really understand where it was coming from. I’d never experienced anything like it before and as the years went by, the bullying continued. From older and younger kids, it was relentless, and my mental health suffered as a result. Calling me names, spitting at me and writing nasty graffiti on the walls – there was no end. Things got so bad that in January 2019, a doctor signed me off for two months. I was in a really bad place and my family were deeply concerned. Thankfully, in my…

1 min
triple the trouble

Vienna Zoo has recently welcomed three Emperor tamarin monkeys – all of whom sport little moustaches, despite being just the size of a thimble! The Emperor tamarin is a species famous for its white moustache, and allegedly got its name owing to its resemblance to the last German Emperor, Wilhelm II. The triplets are the first offspring of their parents, Tamaya and Purple, and according to zookeepers, they are settling in well. Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck, Zoo director at the 270-year-old zoo, said; ‘Our Emperor tamarins Tamaya and Purple have had triplets. ‘The hallmark of this clawed monkey species is its long, white moustache, which both females and males carry – and the bearded look is already well visible for these three little ones.’ The triplets are the first Emperor tamarins to be born at Vienna…