A 32-YEAR-OLD woman killed herself after blowing £36,000 in a two-week casino spree and leaving her mum homeless.
Kimberley Wadsworth, from Ilkley, West Yorks., started gambling in 2015 when her dad’s death and an unhappy marriage left her battling with depression.
Her mum, Kay Wadsworth, spoke of her loss at the launch of a new centre to help gambling addicts.
The 65-year-old told the BBC: “I sold my house in Leeds, the family home.
“I gave her £36,000 so that she could pay off her gambling debts and she didn’t pay it off.
“She didn’t pay a penny off and she just gambled it all away within two weeks and I became homeless.”
‘IT’S TOO LATE FOR ME’
Kimberley sent her a text saying: “It’s too late for me mum” and was found dead shortly afterwards.
Kay was speaking at the launch of the Northern Gambling Service clinic in Leeds, the first clinic to help addicts outside of London.
She believes her daughter might still be alive if more help had been at hand.
“They know how to deal with these people that are gambling addicts, and they know the signs,” she said.
“It’s the signs, and knowing what they’ve said and knowing that they’re hiding it. And the lies that they tell, it’s unbelievable.”
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An estimated 340,000 people across the UK have a serious gambling addiction, according to the Gambling Commission.
The service will cost around £1million a year, with funding in place for the next three years.
Centres will also be opened in Manchester and Sunderland, to serve the north of England and north Midlands.
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