A mother has gone worldwide with her business making children’s headpieces to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Maria Dorey, 30, a mother-of-three from Burgess Hill , has set up a business named after her 16-month-old daughter Shyla-Rose with a percentage of profits going to Children With Cancer UK.
She said: “I chose this charity because I have a good friend who lost her 16 month old son to a rare kidney cancer a few years ago, and another friend who passed shortly before his 21st birthday to a brain tumour.
“I was looking for pretty headbands that I liked and couldn’t really find any so set about making some myself.
“People saw them and asked for them so I started making more and more and registered as self employed in January this year.”
She said after a slow first six months, her business Shyla-Rose Bowtique is starting to pick up and she has raised around £150 for the charity so far.
She said: “I have also teamed with five other bow makers, from the UK, U.S.A and Switzerland. We have formed The Bow Barmy, a collaboration of artists which set themes each month.
“We create items to fit the theme and auction theme off to the highest bidder.”
The Bow Barmy page is new but has 300 followers.
Maria has been a part of charitable work for most of her adult life with five years on the RNLI crew in Littlehampton and the majority of 2012 raising funds for St Barnabas Hospice which culminated with a trek to Machu Picchu and a total of £122,000 being raised by her and her team.
She said this was the perfect way for her to continue her fund raising efforts while being a full-time mother and studying with the open university.
She added: “It’s been a slow start, but it’s moving in an good direction.”