Restrict gambling adverts

Restrict gambling adverts

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Mike Hill started this petition to Gambling Commission

Hi, my name is Michael Hill and I would like to gain as much support as possible to reduce the number of gambling adverts we see on our television, through media and mail shots. We all need to protect vulnerable people and if you have an addiction you are vulnerable.

I myself have a gambling addiction for which I am receiving help for, 12 months ago I had just finished a series of counselling sessions which I received through Gamcare, I thought I was cured. After a couple of weeks I thought I would be ok to buy a couple of scratchcards or to set myself a limit and stick to it, sadly this was never going to happen because once started I couldn’t stop again and soon had 3 credit cards all maxed out a £500 overdraft that I fully used and 2 loans totalling £2000, I was spiralling out of control and couldn’t stop... in April 2019 my world fell apart, the job that I loved where I was liked and respected by colleagues and managers alike came to an end because I couldn’t control my gambling, I worked in a well known superstore and started serving myself buying scratchcards, scratching them and if I won, collecting the winnings from my own till ( knowing this to be wrong I couldn’t stop ) and eventually was caught on camera, was under investigation so I resigned before I was sacked. I felt ashamed and guilty at letting my managers and colleagues down in this way, my manager said she would still give me a reference, this brought me to tears as I really didn’t deserve that generosity. I now had to break this news to my wife, who has been through this scenario before and had heard all the same promises, “I won’t do this again”  “you mean everything to me”  “I wont let you down again honest” , the list goes on. To my disbelief and astonishment my wife said “ it’s over I can’t live through this again, tomorrow you will have to leave. In tears feeling ashamed, upset, devastated and not wanting to believe this is it, I’ve lost my  wife, my rock, my whole world has just collapsed so now I have to turn to my parents who absolutely adore my wife, I now have to tell them my situation mum and dad were so upset and disappointed with me they couldn’t speak, luckily my eldest sister stepped in and said I could stay with her for a while. In the week that followed I had applied for hundreds of jobs, started claiming JSA and contacted gamcare again and got back into the recovery system once again. This time it was different, I have lost everything apart from my family, my wife and I started talking again and she allowed me back with Conditions obviously, I am 5 weeks into my counselling and things have taken a turn for the better I haven’t been thinking of gambling at all but in every block of adverts on most channels there is a new gambling site offering you cash to join or free spins even a lot of programs  are sponsored by sun bingo, foxy bingo, jackpot joy  the list just goes on and on. If you have a problem like myself you are vulnerable to these offers all the time and I think it is our duty to protect vulnerable people like me from these adverts, there doesn’t need to be as many as there are. So I am taking it upon myself to help everyone in my situation and I need your help.... so please sign my petition and share with all of your friends. 

This is my story and I hope it helps to combat against the gambling sites that are being forced upon us. We need to protect the vulnerable. Thank You 

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