I’m stopping all my shopping for charity

Southend Standard: I’m stopping all my shopping for charity I’m stopping all my shopping for charity

A SELF-CONFESSED shopping addict who blew thousands of pounds after her mumdied is cutting herself off to raise cash for charity.

Holly Wadsworth-Hill, from Langdon Hills, normally forks out half her wages every month on clothes, shoes and accessories, but won’t be spending another penny until January 2015.

What started as a way to console herself after her mum, Kaye Goulden, died in December 2012 aged just 48, quickly escalated.

Over the past two years, the 31- year-old has spend thousands of pounds on Mulberry bags and Karen Millen dresses and she even blew hundreds of pounds in bargain shops like Primark.

She said: “My mum was poorly for a long time with liver sclerosis.

A week before she died she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She was dying from the alcohol she was drinking anyway, but to hear she had cancer too was just horrible.

“When she died I was a mess – in bed and crying all the time.

“One day I went shopping to try and cheer myself up. I was walking around for ages and then I bought something and it just made me feel good. Before I knew it, I was a shopping addict.”

Holly has now vowed to give up her spending and donate the cash she saves inmemory of her mum.

She said: “I would think nothing of spending £80 in Primark. It almost felt like I was spending nothing because it was Primark.

“And of course I loved my Mulberry handbags and wouldn’t think twice about blowing £150 on a Karen Millen dress. I didn’t need any of it.

“It was almost like ‘my mum has died, I deserve a treat’.”

Holly has so far raised £1,000 for Cancer Research, Alcohol Concern and the Wisdom Hospice, which looked after her mum for the last week of her life.

She said: “I was a bit stuck about what to do. I’m rubbish at running and I’d thrown myself out of a plane five months after she died.

“I wanted to do something positive and all my friends asked me what I would find a challenge. So I cut out shopping. All my friends said I couldn’t do it, and it is tough, but I’m sticking to it.”

Holly took photos of her clothes prior to the challenge so, if she is asked by her husband and friends about her apparel, she can prove she already owned it. Although she is allowed to buy make up and underwear, it can only be when she desperately needs it.

Holly said: “Sometimes I think it’s a bit ridiculous and pathetic what I’m doing compared to people running marathons.

“But it’s raising money so it can’t be a bad thing.”

To sponsor Holly, go to h t t p : / / t i n y u r l . c o m / h o l l y wadsworthhill

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7:34am Tue 10 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

This is what the Echo considers news?
This is what the Echo considers news? Happy Chickie
  • Score: -1

11:28am Tue 10 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
This is what the Echo considers news?
I'd love to see the day you do something useful for somebody else.

All you do is come on here attacking others.

Perhaps you're jealous because as well as trying to do something for charity she is nice looking. You have a problem with nice looking, intelligent women don't you?

You have a vicious hatred of me judging by the disgusting things you have said about me on here in the past.

You really aren't a nice person are you? You have absolutely nothing going for you and you do absolutely nothing for the community.

Negative people like you need to just shut up and go and find something decent to do instead of naysaying everybody else. There are others posting on here today, on other stories, making similar negative comments. You are all from the same school by the look of it. The school of miserly negativity and hate for people you don't know.

For the record, I think any money raised for charity, no matter how, is a good thing. I understand how this lady felt when her mum died because it's how I felt when I lost my dad but it manifested itself in different ways.

People feel -and react to - grief in different ways and at least this has turned into something positive in the end.

She is a local woman and this is a local newspaper. I'd rather read positive stories like this than made up manufactured rubbish about decent people, or reams and reams of pointless anecdotes about airhead celebrities.

Good luck to her in her aims, I say.

I'm getting involved in charity activities and fund raising this summer - and what exactly are you doing for the good of mankind?

(Not that I feel compelled to come and look at your response later; it will most likely be the usual froth and fury you're good at spewing out.)
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: This is what the Echo considers news?[/p][/quote]I'd love to see the day you do something useful for somebody else. All you do is come on here attacking others. Perhaps you're jealous because as well as trying to do something for charity she is nice looking. You have a problem with nice looking, intelligent women don't you? You have a vicious hatred of me judging by the disgusting things you have said about me on here in the past. You really aren't a nice person are you? You have absolutely nothing going for you and you do absolutely nothing for the community. Negative people like you need to just shut up and go and find something decent to do instead of naysaying everybody else. There are others posting on here today, on other stories, making similar negative comments. You are all from the same school by the look of it. The school of miserly negativity and hate for people you don't know. For the record, I think any money raised for charity, no matter how, is a good thing. I understand how this lady felt when her mum died because it's how I felt when I lost my dad but it manifested itself in different ways. People feel -and react to - grief in different ways and at least this has turned into something positive in the end. She is a local woman and this is a local newspaper. I'd rather read positive stories like this than made up manufactured rubbish about decent people, or reams and reams of pointless anecdotes about airhead celebrities. Good luck to her in her aims, I say. I'm getting involved in charity activities and fund raising this summer - and what exactly are you doing for the good of mankind? (Not that I feel compelled to come and look at your response later; it will most likely be the usual froth and fury you're good at spewing out.) Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

12:30pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
This is what the Echo considers news?
Put a sock in it you miserable old demented slapper.

The longer the posts you make, the more insane you look.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: This is what the Echo considers news?[/p][/quote]Put a sock in it you miserable old demented slapper. The longer the posts you make, the more insane you look. Happy Chickie
  • Score: -2

12:33pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

"You have a vicious hatred of me judging by the disgusting things you have said about me on here in the past"

Funny how you always make things about you. Why not take your little pity party to the end of the pier....

As for getting involved in charities..You? I hope they vet you for mental health issues. You should never be allowed near children/the elderly or anyone that has a pulse.
"You have a vicious hatred of me judging by the disgusting things you have said about me on here in the past" Funny how you always make things about you. Why not take your little pity party to the end of the pier.... As for getting involved in charities..You? I hope they vet you for mental health issues. You should never be allowed near children/the elderly or anyone that has a pulse. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 0

12:35pm Tue 10 Jun 14

John Right says...

Hope she gets the help, shes crying out for
Hope she gets the help, shes crying out for John Right
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

John Right wrote:
Hope she gets the help, shes crying out for
There isn't enough help for her, she is beyond help, and hope.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Hope she gets the help, shes crying out for[/p][/quote]There isn't enough help for her, she is beyond help, and hope. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Tue 10 Jun 14

John Right says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
John Right wrote:
Hope she gets the help, shes crying out for
There isn't enough help for her, she is beyond help, and hope.
Like a lot of self pity merchants...
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Hope she gets the help, shes crying out for[/p][/quote]There isn't enough help for her, she is beyond help, and hope.[/p][/quote]Like a lot of self pity merchants... John Right
  • Score: -1

2:47pm Tue 10 Jun 14

John Right says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
This is what the Echo considers news?
I'd love to see the day you do something useful for somebody else.

All you do is come on here attacking others.

Perhaps you're jealous because as well as trying to do something for charity she is nice looking. You have a problem with nice looking, intelligent women don't you?

You have a vicious hatred of me judging by the disgusting things you have said about me on here in the past.

You really aren't a nice person are you? You have absolutely nothing going for you and you do absolutely nothing for the community.

Negative people like you need to just shut up and go and find something decent to do instead of naysaying everybody else. There are others posting on here today, on other stories, making similar negative comments. You are all from the same school by the look of it. The school of miserly negativity and hate for people you don't know.

For the record, I think any money raised for charity, no matter how, is a good thing. I understand how this lady felt when her mum died because it's how I felt when I lost my dad but it manifested itself in different ways.

People feel -and react to - grief in different ways and at least this has turned into something positive in the end.

She is a local woman and this is a local newspaper. I'd rather read positive stories like this than made up manufactured rubbish about decent people, or reams and reams of pointless anecdotes about airhead celebrities.

Good luck to her in her aims, I say.

I'm getting involved in charity activities and fund raising this summer - and what exactly are you doing for the good of mankind?

(Not that I feel compelled to come and look at your response later; it will most likely be the usual froth and fury you're good at spewing out.)
Its Gandy's children who have to hide their shameful faces in later life...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: This is what the Echo considers news?[/p][/quote]I'd love to see the day you do something useful for somebody else. All you do is come on here attacking others. Perhaps you're jealous because as well as trying to do something for charity she is nice looking. You have a problem with nice looking, intelligent women don't you? You have a vicious hatred of me judging by the disgusting things you have said about me on here in the past. You really aren't a nice person are you? You have absolutely nothing going for you and you do absolutely nothing for the community. Negative people like you need to just shut up and go and find something decent to do instead of naysaying everybody else. There are others posting on here today, on other stories, making similar negative comments. You are all from the same school by the look of it. The school of miserly negativity and hate for people you don't know. For the record, I think any money raised for charity, no matter how, is a good thing. I understand how this lady felt when her mum died because it's how I felt when I lost my dad but it manifested itself in different ways. People feel -and react to - grief in different ways and at least this has turned into something positive in the end. She is a local woman and this is a local newspaper. I'd rather read positive stories like this than made up manufactured rubbish about decent people, or reams and reams of pointless anecdotes about airhead celebrities. Good luck to her in her aims, I say. I'm getting involved in charity activities and fund raising this summer - and what exactly are you doing for the good of mankind? (Not that I feel compelled to come and look at your response later; it will most likely be the usual froth and fury you're good at spewing out.)[/p][/quote]Its Gandy's children who have to hide their shameful faces in later life... John Right
  • Score: -2

3:24pm Tue 10 Jun 14

the25man says...

Shopping addict! Just go to any shopping centre and see the addicts.
The best addict on the comments here is KIM she is unable to make a simple small comment and to the point is always bring in other matters with pages of irrelevant drivel.
Shopping addict! Just go to any shopping centre and see the addicts. The best addict on the comments here is KIM she is unable to make a simple small comment and to the point is always bring in other matters with pages of irrelevant drivel. the25man
  • Score: -3

6:57pm Tue 10 Jun 14

LexyGirl says...

oh dear, not another story taken over by bickering
oh dear, not another story taken over by bickering LexyGirl
  • Score: 2

7:03pm Tue 10 Jun 14

LexyGirl says...

I know we all buy things to make us feel better but it is short lived and we eventually have to face our problems before the situation escalates. I just wish you well and hope if you ever feel so low again that you seek help, but well done for raising money for charity and good luck to you also. xox
I know we all buy things to make us feel better but it is short lived and we eventually have to face our problems before the situation escalates. I just wish you well and hope if you ever feel so low again that you seek help, but well done for raising money for charity and good luck to you also. xox LexyGirl
  • Score: 1

8:37pm Tue 10 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
This is what the Echo considers news?
I'd love to see the day you do something useful for somebody else.

All you do is come on here attacking others.

Perhaps you're jealous because as well as trying to do something for charity she is nice looking. You have a problem with nice looking, intelligent women don't you?

You have a vicious hatred of me judging by the disgusting things you have said about me on here in the past.

You really aren't a nice person are you? You have absolutely nothing going for you and you do absolutely nothing for the community.

Negative people like you need to just shut up and go and find something decent to do instead of naysaying everybody else. There are others posting on here today, on other stories, making similar negative comments. You are all from the same school by the look of it. The school of miserly negativity and hate for people you don't know.

For the record, I think any money raised for charity, no matter how, is a good thing. I understand how this lady felt when her mum died because it's how I felt when I lost my dad but it manifested itself in different ways.

People feel -and react to - grief in different ways and at least this has turned into something positive in the end.

She is a local woman and this is a local newspaper. I'd rather read positive stories like this than made up manufactured rubbish about decent people, or reams and reams of pointless anecdotes about airhead celebrities.

Good luck to her in her aims, I say.

I'm getting involved in charity activities and fund raising this summer - and what exactly are you doing for the good of mankind?

(Not that I feel compelled to come and look at your response later; it will most likely be the usual froth and fury you're good at spewing out.)
Why raise money for charity when you can just go and make money for yourself. Whats the point. It's not going to change anything. The day after you have given the money to the charity of your choice, they will just be back saying we need more money. Robbing bastaards.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: This is what the Echo considers news?[/p][/quote]I'd love to see the day you do something useful for somebody else. All you do is come on here attacking others. Perhaps you're jealous because as well as trying to do something for charity she is nice looking. You have a problem with nice looking, intelligent women don't you? You have a vicious hatred of me judging by the disgusting things you have said about me on here in the past. You really aren't a nice person are you? You have absolutely nothing going for you and you do absolutely nothing for the community. Negative people like you need to just shut up and go and find something decent to do instead of naysaying everybody else. There are others posting on here today, on other stories, making similar negative comments. You are all from the same school by the look of it. The school of miserly negativity and hate for people you don't know. For the record, I think any money raised for charity, no matter how, is a good thing. I understand how this lady felt when her mum died because it's how I felt when I lost my dad but it manifested itself in different ways. People feel -and react to - grief in different ways and at least this has turned into something positive in the end. She is a local woman and this is a local newspaper. I'd rather read positive stories like this than made up manufactured rubbish about decent people, or reams and reams of pointless anecdotes about airhead celebrities. Good luck to her in her aims, I say. I'm getting involved in charity activities and fund raising this summer - and what exactly are you doing for the good of mankind? (Not that I feel compelled to come and look at your response later; it will most likely be the usual froth and fury you're good at spewing out.)[/p][/quote]Why raise money for charity when you can just go and make money for yourself. Whats the point. It's not going to change anything. The day after you have given the money to the charity of your choice, they will just be back saying we need more money. Robbing bastaards. born and raised criminal
  • Score: 0

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