From the age of five Matt Fiddes was the victim of intense bullying at school. He claims his classmate Anthony verbally abused and physically attacked him on an almost daily basis, forcing Matt to change schools. Refusing to let this defeat him, Matt developed a new-found confidence and determination. A black-belt in Taekwondo by twelve, he went onto found a martial arts training academy which made him a millionaire by the age of 20.
Matt now runs a multi-million-pound international martial arts franchise - and even served as Michael Jackson’s personal bodyguard for 10 years. Today Matt will come face-to-face with Anthony for the first time in over 30 years live on our sofa, to thank him for giving him the drive to succeed.
Any parent understands it can be a nightmare to take a child on public transport - something that mum Gayna Pealling knows all too well.
On a recent train trip, Gayna was at her wits end trying to calm down her autistic son Jack, five, who was experiencing a particularly bad episode. The day was saved by a helpful stranger, fellow passenger Dan, who stepped in to become Gayna’s hero. Dan offered to play with Jack, which quickly calmed him down.
Dan and Gayna then became friends, and together have now launched a campaign to raise awareness of child disabilities, to encourage others to help those who, like Gayna, are in need of a helping hand. They join us today to share their heartwarming story.
You’ve probably heard of acupuncture for humans, but the ancient Chinese therapy is growing in popularity among pet owners. As a holistic supplement to traditional veterinary care, owners are turning to the treatment as a means of curing their sickly pets of aches, pains and other ailments.
Joining us in the studio today is qualified vet of 14 years Emma Buckland, who has been practising acupuncture since 2008. In a This Morning first, she will perform acupuncture on Jack - an elderly corgi who has cancer of the lungs - to show us how the treatment works and talks us through its benefits for animals.
Criminal barrister Cathy McCulloch hit the headlines yesterday with her controversial comments on sexual consent.
She says she advises men not to sleep with a woman who’s had even one drink. Several recent cases have featured young men accused of rape because they had sex with a woman who had been drinking, and Cathy warns young men that if their companion appears drunk but gives signs of consenting, she can still say later she was not fit to consent.
Cathy joins us to tell us why she made the comments and to tell us how many lives she’s seen ruined by cases like these. But do you agree with her?
To start with you are out buying things. But then you have to take a step back. You have to invest wisely. At 17, that was a lot to think about. Everyone assumed I was going to blow it. I’m trying to sensible.
Lottery fever is gripping Britain this weekend ahead of tonight’s Euromillions draw which could see someone win Britain’s biggest ever single jackpot of £168 million.
At 17, Jane Park became Britain’s youngest ever lottery winner. Winning a million was meant to make all her dreams come true, but be careful what you wish for - Jane says winning the lottery ruined her life.
Last time we saw her, she hinted at planning on suing Camelot after her win left her with no friends, isolated and unable to trust those closest to her. Four years on - and on the day that Britain’s biggest jackpot in history is up for grabs - Jane stands by what she said, and reveals that online abuse and a botched Brazilian bum lift has left her feeling low.
But with possible offers to appear on reality shows, could Jane’s luck be about to change?
I once went out to play, sort of thing, with someone who I thought was my friend, and it ended up being a bit of a trap - there were six girls there. I ran away and I knocked on this old woman’s bungalow and she drove me home because I was so scared.
Jungle Queen Scarlett Moffatt is on her way to becoming one of TV’s biggest stars. But life hasn’t always been so rosy for Scarlett. She grew up hiding a heartbreaking secret from her parent. From the age of 12, Scarlett’s life was made a misery by cruel bullies who poked fun at her looks and eccentric personality. In fact, it got so bad that she was allowed to leave school ten minutes early each day to avoid being beaten up.
Now, more than a decade on and in support of our Be Kind campaign, Scarlett will be talking for the first time on television about her horrific experience, and exactly what happened when she came face-to-face with one of her former bullies and how being bullied made her the person she is today.
Emma Snowdon just can’t stop eating sponges. The 36-year-old mum of three scoffs up to 14 a week and even took a stash to hospital when she was in labour. While out shopping once, she spent her bus money on a sponge she’d never tried before - and so had to walk home instead!
Can the Speakmans help her?
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