I have always had a passion for animals, in April 2019 I made the jump to start my own business. I started Shadwell Pet Care, a small dog walking and pet sitting business. I have had a lot of success building a customer base and received fantastic reviews. Being self-employed is important to me because of the flexibility, I have gynaecological health issues which made being employed difficult.
As well as running my business I volunteer for environmental and animal conservation projects. I am secretary of the Shadwell Playground committee, I am a qualified Marine Mammal Medic with the BDMLR, and I am part of a wildlife conservation group which surveys the local area in order to protect wildlife.
Why am I raising funds?
The coronavirus pandemic was completely unprecedented for everyone, and I lost everything. The worst thing for me personally is that because I’ve only been self-employed for just over a year, I’m not eligible for any of the government grants/loans for self-employed people.
I lost the majority of my income overnight, and although there was a lot of help from the government for a lot of people, there was nothing for people in my situation.
I am not raising money just keep me going, I am raising money to purchase a vehicle, this would enable me to reach hundreds of customers that I currently can’t get to. It would mean I have so much more opportunities to build my business and be a success.
I am currently by myself, with no help from anyone else. I am determined to be successful I just need a jump start to make it.
How much am I raising?
How will the money be used
£3000 is for a vehicle that is appropriate for my business.
£2000 is for insurance/tax/mot/petrol to get me through the first few months.
The vehicle will grow my business to the point where I am earning enough to pay for it.
Why should you help me?
I have always tried to be self-sufficient, I didn’t expect something could impact the world like the pandemic has done, the government response was great with all the funding and furlough etc. But there’s a real gap in the funding, and I fell straight into that gap! I am only asking for a donation to get me back on track, this would be life changing for me.