My name is Donna Danielle I am mummy to 4 amazing children each very unique.
I have always been into art, design and sewing since I was a child.My aunt showed me how to sew at a young age.
My life has been rather difficult in all honesty.
11 years ago I escaped a very violent and abusive marriage with just the clothes I had on and my 2 eldest children the same. My now ex husband set fire to our home thinking we was inside. We lost everything but it didn’t matter I had my kids.
I rebuilt my life and met my husband now.We started our new life together. However I have struggled with PTSD, from the abuse and that he affected my health and I now also have Lupus which is a autoimmme condition.
We relocated back to Chesterfield in 2018 and I launched Astra Designs.
It has been difficult with no funds to invest to help my business grow but I was honoured to win best new store/business last month in the local retail awards.
I trade at National Comic Cons and my next is London Film and Comic Con.I’ve spent 6 months building stock working long hours to grow my brand and I’m all set!
With the slight exception that I’m struggling for the hotel fees and fuel for us to stay to trade at the event.
This event is the one that gives us our biggest financial top up of the year so it’s a must.
I know for my business to grow I need a sewing studio and official work place.
A lovely friend I met via the ELITE business academy has offered me space within his premises but we need funds to make this a reality.
I have had a difficult time but I’ve never given up not once and I never will.
My children are my inspiration. My eldest has autism and I’m hoping to be able to take her on as a apprentice if we get the funding for us to get to comic con and set up the studio I can do that.
Life has thrown me some huge curve balls but that’s made me the string person I am.
Thank you for reading my story.