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From convict to angel - Gloucester woman Hannah Shotbolt turns her life around

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

  • attacker to angel: Hannah Shotbolt, 24.

  • businesswoman: Hannah at work.

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JAILED for injuring a clubber with a bottle, Hannah Shotbolt was publicly vilified and at rock bottom.

But the 24-year-old, who feared she would not survive prison, used her time inside to turn her life around and make her passion her career.

Thanks to help from The Prince's Trust, she is learning to be a healer and has set up an angel card reading service from her Hucclecote home.

It is a far cry from when she was jailed for 18 months in March 2012 for throwing a broken bottle in Gloucester's Fever nightclub, hitting a bystander who suffered broken teeth and a split lip.

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"I did not think I would be able to handle jail," said Hannah, who was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood on a night out with friends in fancy dress when the attack happened.

"I did not think I was going to come out alive – I thought I would be eaten.

"The whole experience was surreal – it was not a bad experience.

"I tried to take it as positively as I could and as a learning curve. I believe everything happens for a reason."

Imprisoned at HMP Eastwood Park for five months, with another four months on a tag, she was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

"It means I find it very hard to finish things but prison was one of the few things I started and I had to finish," she said.

"I also got put in touch with the ISIS Womens Centre – they kept me on track."

Time behind bars gave her time to think about what she wanted to do with her life and she is following her passion – and making a living.

She said the cards are less about predicting the future but more about exploring people's potential and she conducts telephone readings as well as one-to-one consultations.

She is also learning to be a Reiki healer and ultimately wants to teach yoga.

Those therapies helped her deal with depression, which she had been taking prescription drugs for – depression which played a part in the attack and another before that.

She has not been in trouble with the law since.

"Those drugs only treat the symptoms but not the underlying problem," she said. "I am meditating now, rather than medicating. At the time of my offence I had depression and I was taking the wrong drugs.

"I had to ask questions of myself – that's what medication does not teach you to do but meditation and yoga taught me that.

"It was better than anything I was prescribed."

She has read angel cards for many years but only set up professionally in the last four to five months. It's going from strength to strength and her website is expected to go live next week.

"There are no negative cards and though people call it reading the future, I prefer to call it reading potential," she said.

To find out more about her business, visit indigo hannah.co.uk or hannah sangels.co.uk next week.

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  • ladygray  |  January 09 2014, 9:35AM

    So commit two assaults and get free advertising.

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  • ladygray  |  January 09 2014, 8:53AM

    So, this is the second time she has attacked, well lets treat her like a hero then and also give her free advertising for her business.

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  • QwertyOS  |  January 09 2014, 8:22AM

    Would you go to this lady to be healed?? If I was one of her more legitimate law abiding competitors, I would not worry too much. The last thing you need to get a business going is to have your photo splashed across the front page for wounding someone.

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  • Justica  |  January 09 2014, 7:33AM

    Wouldn't it be good to hear the young womanVICTIM is doing well. I only hope she was recompensed for her expensive dental treatment and loss of earnings. This is whereour help, funding and sympathy should be directed to.

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  • agaga  |  January 08 2014, 7:43PM

    I thought I would be eaten.............

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  • zalapompadoo  |  January 08 2014, 7:04PM

    honslknjklyt i know we dont always agree however but this time you have hit the nail on the head

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  • zalapompadoo  |  January 08 2014, 7:04PM

    honslknjklyt i know we dont always agree however but this time you have hit the nail on the head

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  • ipfreely  |  January 08 2014, 5:58PM

    To honslknjklyt the idea of prison is it allows people to rehabilitate and not become a repeat offender to allow that person to make something positive of themselves, the Princes Trust supports that. There is nothing to stop you getting help either, there are plenty of free business advice services. For those of you that don't agree with card reading, don't call the number what difference does it make? There are plenty of people that do believe in this. Try and for once be positive about someone turning their life around rather than being negative. Best of luck to you Hannah.

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  January 08 2014, 4:27PM

    Great that she's on the up and up - but couldn't she have picked a more honest trade? I tend to echo Mikejh62's comments...angel card reading service? What rot.

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  • HostintheAir  |  January 08 2014, 2:21PM

    well done girl!

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