Justyn Rees Larcombe had it all. Around his beautiful home were the mementoes of success – the Sword of Honour awarded by the Queen when he left Sandhurst; silver photo frames with the pictures of his much-loved wife and family; rooms full of the rewards of a City career.
But Justyn had a parallel life: he gambled. Gradually he allowed it to take over everything, getting through a staggering three quarters of a million pounds – some his own money, some his wife’s, and some belonging to the company he worked for. The crunch came: his betrayal was discovered. He lost his job and his wife left, taking his sons. Desperate to win his family back, he sold all he had of any value. Finally there was nothing left and he had no alternative but to go back to his mother’s home and start again.
Today Justyn has a high profile in the media, talking about the dangers of gambling and helping others coping with gambling addiction.