From 'ugly' and bullied to Kim Kardashian lookalike

When I get my Kimmy on I feel like I'm unstoppable

– Claire Leeson

Growing up, Claire Leeson never dreamed she'd use her looks to make money. At school she was continuously bullied for being 'ugly.' Unable to cope with the taunts, she tried to take her own life twice. But in 2009, Claire's life changed forever when she watched the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

She became obsessed with the show's main star Kim Kardashian, and has since spent £18,000 trying to look like her. Now Claire gets regular work as a Kim lookalike, and even though her obsession has got her into £6000 debt, and destroyed a relationship, she doesn't intend to give up her lookalike career!

Claire joins us on the sofa to tell us her story.

BThere' ullying helplines

Long Lost Family is back

It's the show that captured the hearts of the nation - and brought most of them to tears. Now the BAFTA-award winning Long Lost Family returns to our screens, reuniting more family members who have been separated for most of their lives.

Someone who has first-hand experience of the emotional impact of the show is presenter Nicky Campbell, who alongside Davina McCall, helps bring the estranged families together.

Nicky joins us today alongside Tania Bartlett who, through the show, was reunited with her estranged father of 34 years.

Family relationships

Adoption, post adoption helplines

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Vanessa Feltz on Rolf Harris

If it can happen on live TV it can happen to anyone

– Vanessa Feltz on her claims Rolf Harris assaulted her

On Friday 4 July Rolf Harris was jailed for five years and nine months after being found guilty of 12 indecent assaults against four girls - including one aged just seven or eight.

Last weekend, Linda Nolan and Vanessa Feltz revealed that they too had been victims of Rolf Harris.

Vanessa joined us after Thursday's show to tell us why she went public about the abuse in the hope that others may find the courage to do the same but has been shocked by the public backlash she has received online.

Rape and sexual abuse helplines

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'Help - I'm scared of snow and ice'

In a bid to succeed where counsellors, doctors and other therapists have failed, Nik and Eva Speakman's new show The Speakmans will see a range of people with debilitating psychological issues and attempt over the course of the programme to cure them.

Today we're joined by Wendy Wiffen, who has such a severe phobia of snow and ice that she can't watch Dancing On Ice, she can't bear to hear people walking on snow, and she can't even listen to the clink of an ice-cube as it hits the glass. So it's Nik and Eva to the rescue!

Vanessa Feltz on Rolf Harris

He was just smiling as if nothing at all had happened. It was very, very unnerving.

– Vanessa Feltz

On Friday 4 July Rolf Harris was jailed for five years and nine months after being found guilty of 12 indecent assaults against four girls - including one aged just seven or eight.

Last weekend, Linda Nolan and Vanessa Feltz revealed that they too had been victims of Rolf Harris.

Vanessa joined us after Thursday's show to tell us why she went public about the abuse in the hope that others may find the courage to do the same but has been shocked by the public backlash she has received online.

Turtle Boy: Didier Montalvo's life transformed

In 2011, Channel 4 aired the documentary Turtle Boy, about five-year-old Didier Montalvo, from Colombia.

Didier had a large growth on his back called a Congenital Melanocytic Neavus (CGM), which resembled the shell of a turtle. The documentary filmed him receiving medical care in South America from UK based CMN specialists.

Three years on and Didier's life has been transformed by the surgery. He is now over in the UK for the first time ever to meet other children suffering with the condition.

Protect the elderly from scammers

CORRECTION
Within today's Consumer Clinic we cited the wrong number to forward spam text messages. For all those on big networks the advice is simple - just forward the message to 7726 (spells SPAM), making sure it includes the senders' number

In under a week we have seen two shocking stories hit the headlines. Last week, a group of rogue builders were jailed after they conned vulnerable victims, including an elderly dementia patient, out of more than £1 million. Then, over the weekend, news emerged that an 89-year-old woman has been conned out of £100,000 by scammers posing as bank officials and police.

As much as we hate to believe it to be true, it seems that there are still groups of unscrupulous people preying on the vulnerable elderly members of society. So how can we protect the elderly people in our lives? How can they help themselves? And what kind of scams should they be looking out for? Consumer queen, Alice Beer, joins us now to tell us more.

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'My ex spent our dying child's charity money'

When a local motorcycle club raised £3,500 for a little girl called Ashanti with a debilitating terminal illness, her mother Phoebe Smith was naturally delighted. Delight soon turned to devastation however when it transpired that Ashanti's own father Albi Elliot (whom Phoebe was separated from) spent the money on himself, leaving her dreams of a holiday to Florida in tatters. He is now serving three years in jail.

Phoebe Smith joins us today to tell of her pain as well as her joy after a national newspaper who, on hearing about the story, paid for her and 11-year-old Ashanti to make the trip to America so that Ashanti could fulfill her lifelong dream to swim with dolphins.

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