Help me grow my business after coronavirus

Kathleen Thompson profile

Project by Kathleen Thompson

Help me grow my business after coronavirus

Help me grow my business after coronavirus

Kathleen Thompson profile

Project by Kathleen Thompson


raised of £5,000 target


0% 13 days left

Due to Coronavirus I’ve lost my dog walking business, I need to buy a car so I can reach more customers and make my business a success.

About me

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. 

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