Fund Vital Equipment For Young Entrepreneur

by Michelle Best in Gainsborough, England, United Kingdom

Fund Vital Equipment For Young Entrepreneur
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On 28th May 2021 we successfully raised £20 with 1 supporters in 42 days

For the purchase of a braille embroidery machine and related equipment to create a clothing range for the visually impaired and their carers

by Michelle Best in Gainsborough, England, United Kingdom

Blossom & Best

I'm Michelle, designer and manufacturer of a range of disability clothing for children and young people. I've recently set up my own business,  Blossom & Best, to sell my products. I'm very proud of how much I have achieved so far, but am impatient to be able to do even more!

Where It All Began

I'm a 27 year old mother of 2 from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. My daughter has been undergoing diagnosis for high-functioning autism for several years. 

The sensory difficulties she continues to face as she's growing up led me to begin making clothes for her myself, as I couldn't find what she needed in shops or online. 

For example, she suffers from incontinence, but hated wearing pull-up pants for school. I created 'Magic Pants', which are absorbent, but pretty, and not bulky. Some children with autism struggle with seams, or clothes that go on over the head, so I started experimenting with these too. 

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People began to get in touch with me to ask if I could make clothes and items to meet their specific needs, and Blossom & Best was born.

Future Plans & Funding Needs

My current aim is to produce a range of braille embroidered items, ranging from personalised tags that can be attached to clothing, to tops and tabards for families and carers of the blind to wear.

For this I need a braille embroidery machine and a range of associated materials and equipment. I've found the perfect machine, and the supplier will hold it for me until June.

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Later this year I very much hope to be able to outsource my manufacturing as demand is growing, but for now, it's me in my front room! 

RNIB audio interview

Why It's So Important To Me

I believe every single item I sell will make a difference to the life of a child, young person or carer. I understand the struggle, and this is what makes me determined to drive my business forward in any way I can.

Thank you.

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