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Stamford bar manager Rachel Southwell launches a business selling sweet trees after being furloughed from her job in Oakham

A bar manager has found a way to boost her income and spread joy during lockdown.

Rachael Southwell has launched a new business creating decorative sweet trees.

She started the venture in March when she was furloughed from her job in Oakham but lost her passion during the first lockdown.

Some of Rachael's creations
Some of Rachael's creations

Her interest was re-ignited at Christmas and she now hopes to expand the business into weddings and children’s parties when restrictions are lifted.

Rachael, who lives in Stamford, said: "I have never not worked in my life, even when my two children were little.

"My son is at university and my daughter will be going this year, so I started this to make some money to keep up with the bills.

Rachael Southwell
Rachael Southwell

"The sweet trees are bespoke and I haven't found a tree that I can't make yet."

Paramedics at Stamford’s ambulance station are among those to have sampled Rachael's delights after she made a surprise delivery to them last week.

She said: “I dropped one in as a thank you for looking after us all, and especially my elderly neighbour, during this time.”

Prices start at £20 and vary depending on the customer's choice of sweets.

A surprise delivery for the paramedics in Stamford
A surprise delivery for the paramedics in Stamford

Payment is made by bank transfer in advance and Rachael then makes a doorstep delivery to reduce face-to-face contact.

She has already booked a slot at a number of wedding fairs for later in the year to help expand the business.

Customers can place an order via Rachael Southwell on Facebook or rs.sweetdreams on Instagram.

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