Romford mum hits back at Great British Benefits Handout reaction

PUBLISHED: 17:26 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 17 February 2017

Lorraine Worrall

Lorraine Worrall


A mum of five who appeared on a Channel Five television programme last night has spoken out against the abuse she’s received online.

Lorraine Worrall, of Seven Oaks Close, Romford, appeared on The Great British Benefit Handout in which she was given £26,000 to help turn her life around - £ 1,120 of which she spent on Botox.

This angered many people online, especially on Twitter, who criticised the 54-year-old for her actions.

However Lorraine, who has a personality disorder which causes bouts of severe depression, defended the treatment as it helped build up her confidence to get into work.

“People were saying ‘oh my god, all of a sudden she’s cured’. It may look like that on the telly but that’s not how it is.

“Don’t judge until you know the real story because all that hate mail, or whatever you want to call it, you don’t know what damage you’re doing.”

Lorraine has been running a stall in Romford Market for the last four months, which she financed with the money from the show, and said growing up in children’s homes had an adverse effect on her ability to work.

“I’ve had a hard life, I don’t want sympathy or pity or any of that, but I was children’s homes I would run away from - it was full of abuse.

“They don’t know my story, or anythingg about me. If I can survive that I can survive this - I have been called things all my life.”

Lorraine also believes it is unfair that so many people out of work are vilified and branded lazy when a number may have genuine problems that prevent them from finding work.

“There are loads of people out there, they can work but choose not to, but there’s a lot of people in the system who can’t get out of that rut because of their past.

“I do believe people in situations like me need more support to get out there. I didn’t have any confidence at all. that’s why I had a bit of Botox – because I used to think I was an old hag.

“You do need confidence and to know you can do it on a bad day or a good day.”

Lorraine now hopes to make a success of her stall, called Trendy Kids Boutique, with the help of her friends and family.

“It’s looking up and it’s looking good with a bit of hard work and support from my family and friends that understand me as a person.”

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