A MUM who channelled her personal heartache into flower arranging has taken the step to launch her own business.
Claire Boyle turned to the art of floristy while grieving over the death of two family members.
Her father, John Ovington died in 2007 after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 47, while her stepfather, Peter Leydon, died in 2012 in a tragic motorbike accident at the age of 54.
The 32-year-old embarked on a florist course at South Tyneside College to help cope with her grief and, after gaining a level 3 diploma, decided to launch her own business.
With the help of Tedco Business Support, and advisor Bill Hartshone, she was able to open the doors to Flower Haven, which is based in Sea Winnings Way, Westoe Crown Village, South Shields, in December.
Since then, the mum-of-three has seen her business flourish.
She said: “Since opening business has been really good, people are coming from all over the areas for their flowers.
“After losing my dad to cancer and my stepdad in a motorbike accident, I needed something to occupy myself and that’s when the florist course came about.
“It helped me a lot and was very therapeutic.
“After that and with the support of my husband and family, I decided to open my business.
“I know how hard it is to find jobs these days and as a mother of three girls I also wanted to give them security in the future.”
To contact Flower Haven, call 447 0430 or visit facebook page theflowerhaven.ss