Father's legacy inspires Lucy to set up cake shop
After Lucy Willcox's father died and left her some money, she was determined to do something to make him proud.
Now, with the help of family and friends, she has launched The Cupcakery, a bakery and shop at the top of Wellsway.
The 26-year-old, who has spent the past nine years working at the Co-op in Moorland Road, has taken the plunge two years after her dad, Paul, died.
"The money he left me sat in the bank for a year and I thought that was silly. I wanted to do something to make him proud," said Lucy, who lives in Fosse Gardens, Odd Down.
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"I had always enjoyed baking and dad wouldn't have wanted me to work for somebody else all my life. So I made the decision to go for it."
The shop opened on Saturday, with members of her family having rolled up their sleeves to get it painted, furnished, branded and ready to go.
While she is running the business as a sole trader, Lucy said her mother, Linda Rogers, had played a crucial role in getting the business up and running.
"I learned to bake from my mother and with the support of my wonderful family and friends it's finally all happened," she explained.
"Mum's a real driving force and she's been a big support. She's got everyone together."
Lucy says her signature delicacy is a chocolate fudge cupcake – and believes that the appetite for such sweet treats continues to be strong, despite the squeeze on people's disposable incomes.
"I was a bit wary [of setting up a business during a downturn], but everyone likes a bit of a treat every now and again," said Lucy. "And people go mad for cupcakes."