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We are an award-winning, highly respected press agency that specialises in selling stories, run by former national newspaper journalist Natasha Courtenay-Smith.

As well as helping you find the right publication to sell your story to, whether that is a tabloid newspaper, a broadsheet newspaper or a women’s magazine, we will ensure you get the highest possible fee when you sell your story.

We are often asked ‘Can you sell my story more than once’ and the answer is yes. We sell stories multiple times, generating maximum coverage and earnings.

We sell stories to national newspapers and women’s magazines, as well as television programmes such as Good Morning Britain, ITV News and This Morning. Selling a story through us is completely free – we do not charge you for our services.

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Curse of the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome

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TTTP helps real life ‘Sleeping Beauty’ raise awareness over her rare medical condition which means she spends 21 HOURS A DAY asleep!

When Helen Waterson contacted us to raise awareness over a rare medical condition called ‘sleeping beauty syndrome’ that has left her living as a real life “Sleeping Beauty”, we knew a number of publications would be interested in speaking to her. But for Helen Waterson living with the syndrome, which affects just 40 people in the country, life is anything but a fairytale.

Incredibly, Helen kips for 21 hours a day and is only awake for three. The condition has had a devastating effect on her life. It has left the 36-year-old – who lives alone – unable to hold down her job, have a relationship or even recall her childhood.

When Helen flicks through the family album she does not recognise the little girl staring back and has no memory of the holidays, birthdays and Christmases contained in the images. She cannot remember her first day at school or her first kiss. And, tragically, the condition means she is unable to carve out the future life she hopes for.

Helen says: “At least in the fairytale Sleeping Beauty got to wake from her sleep. The real life version is the opposite. It should be called ‘living hell syndrome. I go through life either sleeping or feeling like I’m sleepwalking. I’ve missed all the important moments of my life.

“I do try to laugh about it because the alternative is crying and there aren’t enough Kleenex in the world for that. I don’t have a social life; I don’t have a love life. With this illness you don’t live, you just exist.”

It took 31 years for her to be properly diagnosed and she would regularly be told she was simply being hit by flu-like bugs. During her worst bout of the condition she was unable to get out of bed for 25 days. Eventually medics diagnosed her with Kleine-Levin Syndrome – an illness that only has 1,000 known sufferers on the planet and has no known cure.

Helen is one of the most extreme cases and is only able to stay awake with the aid of medication. But over time it has got worse and worse and now she is only able to function properly for three hours a day – the rest of the time she’s in a sleeplike state – meaning she has had to stop her job as a mortgage manager.

Love is also off the cards – Helen has been unable to go on a date for 12 years. When Helen is awake, her medication gives her extreme muscle pain and facial twitching. Though most sufferers develop the condition in their teens, Helen believes she was born with it.  But – because she wasn’t diagnosed until four years ago – her family and teachers did not understand her constant exhaustion.  Her entire childhood was blighted by people assuming she was lazy and stupid.

Though many women in their thirties are married, Helen hasn’t been on a date since 2002, when she was 24.  Unfortunately, she has resigned herself to being on her own. She says: “I am constantly in pain and most of the time too exhausted and stiff to move. I can never expect anyone to want to be in a relationship with someone like that. I really miss the companionship and I’d love to be a bride one day, but you can’t get married without a man. I’ve accepted being by myself because I feel I’ve been by myself in one way or another my whole life. Unlike the fairytale, I won’t be getting a happily ever after.”

Feature writer Amy placed Helen’s story with the Sunday Mirror and has just secured her a magazine deal. If you suffer from a rare condition and would like to raise awareness, please use our online story valuation form on the right hand side of this page, or contact our team via email, message@talktothepress.com – or call 0208 549 5406.

To read more stories where we’ve helped our clients raise awareness about an issue or cause, click here: http://www.talktothepress.co.uk/raise-awareness-2


Caught Up in a Media Storm? Talk to the Press are here to help

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Talk to the Press helps family caught up in media storm…

Last year, 10 year old Aran Aulux made national news after a violent gang broke into his family home and held an axe to his head. Traumatised Aran had to listen to his attacker telling his parents he would be killed unless they handed over cash and keys to their luxury cars.

In August 2014, the gang were sentenced to 28 years for a string of terrifying raids on wealthy families. Aran’s parents contacted us shortly after the court case to help with their media attention. We arranged a platform for them to speak on and placed their exclusive interview with The Sunday Mirror. This week, the family’s story appears in Woman’s Own and we’re in the process of securing them a second magazine deal.

Aran said: “It was so scary and I didn’t know what to do. I was looking at my dad and he was telling me to be brave. It felt like I was having a nightmare.

“Even now I still have nightmares about the bad men breaking in and hurting me. They promised they would come back to kill me and my brother.

“Sometimes I can’t sleep because I think I can hear them breaking in.”

Aran was just nine when three gang members burst into his family home grabbed him and held an axe to his head while threatening to ‘cut him’ if his father Rajinder, 42, didn’t give them the money. The gang, who were armed with an axe, sledgehammer and crowbar, tormented Aran before terrified Rajinder begged them to leave his son alone and handed over the car keys.

Sickeningly, before the armed men fled the scene in wealthy property developer Rajinder’s Nissan GTR and Mercedes CLK worth more than £200,000, they warned Aran they would return and kill him and his older brother Jay, 17. More than 18 months on Aran still suffers from terrifying flashbacks and is seeing a child therapist after he was diagnosed with PTSD.

Last month, Gavin Hunt, 37, and brothers Jamie, 32, and Christopher Dixon, 29 were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for a string of raids on houses in the West Midlands area. Although Jamie Dixon wasn’t convicted of that particular attack against Aran, he was convicted of conspiracy to rob.

Worried mother Nikki added: “Aran has not been the same since. He used to be such a fun-loving, outgoing little boy. Now he’s quiet and scared of his own shadow.

“He had to take a lot of time of school and although it’s been over a year since the break in, he hasn’t slept alone. He refuses to be alone and has been so shaken up by the raiders I don’t know if he’ll ever get over it.”

The family installed top of the range security cameras and gates to guard their property, they’ve also bought Aran a dog for protection.

Judge Paul Farrer QC branded the trio ‘cowardly’ and ‘callous’ and said: “Sledgehammers, a crow bar and on one occasion an axe were carried in order to terrorize the people within. High value property was targeted and successfully stolen.”

 

Have you been at the centre of a national story and need help with media attention? If so, contact our team by using the story valuation form on the right hand side of this page.  You can also reach us via email at: message@talktothepress.com or call us on 0207 549 5406.

If you would like to see more examples of our Media Protection work, see some of our recent stories here: http://www.talktothepress.co.uk/media-protection

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