Disabled mum celebrates 10 years in business

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 11 Jul 2017

A disabled mum who hasn't let anything hold her back is celebrating her tenth year in business this month.

Nicky Merrick's online textile and costume design business Pink Giraffe is still going strong after she's overcome a number of challenges - including being diagnosed with a chronic health condition - meaning that she had to start running her business online after it originally started as a photography company.

She has secondary progressive multiple sclerosis - with which she was diagnosed at the same time as being pregnant.

Nicky, from Ulceby, said: “There have been some hard times, but I enjoy my work too much to ever give it up. I’ll continue to work hard for as long as I am able to.

"I started my business after recently graduating from university because I wasn't very inspired by the jobs available.

"My boyfriend - who is now my husband - was self employed and I started helping him with his business.

"He said 'why don't you try' and I've never regretted it since.

“Selling online means I am able to rest when I need to and work when I feel able, even if that means working in the middle of the night."

Nicky makes cloaks for for Pagan celebrations, dance wear - specifically pole dance wear as it becomes more popular as a fitness exercise - and children's wear.

She said: "Shops do a girl section and a boy section but as far as I am concerned children are the same shape.

"I don't like the current trend with children's clothing - the girls clothes tend to be tighter and shorter. They can be quite restrictive and girls want to play just as much as boys.

"Our little boy turns eight in a few weeks time and when he was born there was a lack of interesting clothes."

Nicky decided to buy plain baby clothes which she then dyed - when people started asking her about them, she started to sell them and they became part of her business.

Nicky added that she has never allowed her disability to stop her from working on her business.

She said: "I cope with my diagnosis just by getting on with it.

"It is what it is and I can't imagine things being any different with or without it. We carry on regardless.

"I have amazing friends and family who are really supportive which makes it easier."



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