Being able to give is spiritual gift that keeps giving back in volumes
Saturday, March 19, 2011 3:14:00 PM
by Lorraine Holloway-White
|Newspaper Interview with Lorraine Holloway-White copied with kind permission of Paul James, Herald Express
THERE is something a little bit disarming about interviewing a larger-than-life character who has done almost everything — and is now a medium with writing ambitions.
And so it was when Lorraine Holloway-White, formerly Goodrich, allowed herself to be quizzed about her curious and full life, a good part of which remained off limits to the prying press.
"You are doing something you shouldn't be doing," she announced as she read her inquisitor's 'character' from a notebook which had been carelessly left unguarded in her presence.
"Journalism!" was the ambiguous response from her nervy interrogator who was more anxious to move on to her as the subject of the interview.
She first came to public attention in 1991 when she galvanised the nation into sending parcels to soldiers serving in the Gulf War.
At the time she was recovering from nervous exhaustion which laid her low after selling a successful secondhand clothes business on The Terrace in Torquay called Top Drawer.
"I was never one for sitting at home all day doing nothing," declared the tireless businesswoman who refused to let trivial ailments interfere with the grand business of living and doing.
Bored and at home, she asked God to help her — and before she knew it the combined might of the British media were vying for her attention as the Parcels Princess.
She barely had time to catch her breath from such good works when she found herself at the centre of a nationwide British Aid for Kurds campaign in the wake of the Gulf War.
She and her network of helpers established during the parcels initiative helped raise £200 million worth of relief aid for the oppressed Kurds.
"It's something I'm very proud of. The logistics of doing it all was massive," she said.
One good turn deserved another.
Once the Kurds initiative ended she was contacted by the Herald Express who wanted her on their sales team.
"They told me I was always in the paper, so I might as well work for it," she said, adding: "It was the best job I've ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
Eighteen months later her troublesome maladies returned and forced inactivity saw her putting on weight.
But at least she could still indulge her passion for acquiring handbags, in particular the Osprey variety, of which she has ten.
"The good thing about handbags is that they don't need to fit you," she trilled.
Another clothes business — the Shiphay-based Change of A'Dress — came and went as did her illnesses.
Ten years ago she was diagnosed with a bone marrow disorder which required chemotherapy. She also overcame a full hysterectomy. And the woman with a big heart even had that vital organ subjected to surgical intervention.
It was at this time that she started to use what can only be described as her 'special healing powers'.
"I used to wonder why people were always sending me thank-you cards for helping them. Then a friend told me what I didn't really know — that when I'm around them they felt better," she explained.
Soon she discovered that by simply holding her hand over pained areas of people she could clear them of assorted maladies.
She once took a river cruise where she healed a woman who had been limping with a stick for 17 years after injuring her leg in a car crash.
Nine fellow cruisers caught on, and quickly lined up for a cure at 'Lorraine's Clinic'.
This newfound gift was a source of some moral anxiety to someone who followed the Catholic faith.
"I was very sceptical about what I could do. But I know that it is given by God. Only he can heal — and he can do it through others," she explained.
Healing herself of her complaints has been one invaluable consequence of her special powers.
She had amazed doctors by avoiding the need for chemotherapy and curing some of her heart troubles.
"I visited a specialist who was going to tell me that I had problems with the thickening muscles of my heart. But when she took a look, the problem had vanished. She said it was very strange. But I know what happened," said Lorraine.
"Basically, my health has been looked after ever since I've been helping to heal others."
Her current interest, which takes up much of her time, is writing and acting as literary agent to others on a website (www.authorsonshow.com) she has created which gives encouragement to unpublished authors.
The spark was provided when she 'wrote' a book five years ago which is provisionally entitled A Guide's Guide to Mediumship and Healing.
Oddly, Lorraine physically wrote the book but the flood of words which poured out were not hers.
"They came from someone else — and it wasn't me," said the 'ghost writer' who has been told the book will one day be 'read around the world'.
For the moment she is happy to work with her growing band of ambitious writers. Two have just signed six-figure deals with established publishing houses.
And she is looking to hit the local circuit of talking about her spiritual gifts to any groups or societies in the South Devon area who want to know more.
"I would prefer to talk to sceptics rather than preach to the converted," she said.
Lorraine said she can be contacted any time on 01803 299046. And she won't charge a penny for her talks, or any healing she might be called on to carry out at any gathering she attends.
"It's a gift given freely to me which I am more than happy to give freely to others," she said.
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