Hiya I’m Jess, I’m 18 years old. I started Jelly Babe Gifts with my mum three years ago when I was 15. It all started after we saw nappy cakes & baby hampers at a craft show. I said to Mum “We could make those!” so we bought some materials & had a go. My Mum was pregnant at the time and when my baby sister, Jemima, was born I made her a huge nappy cake hamper. Everyone who saw it commented how much they liked it and so we decided to start a business making and selling them. We called the business Jelly Babe Gifts because ‘Jelly’ has been my Mum’s nickname for me for as long as I can remember.
Our business has grown massively over the last three years; we have seen what products work and what products don’t. We have improved our products and we currently sell some of our nappy cakes and hampers on eBay. We now also sell other hand-made products such as hair accessories and fabric gifts. Mum and I use each other’s strengths and weaknesses to come up with new and creative gifts.
My chosen career is midwifery; I think it’s an incredible job to help people along their journey to becoming parents and bringing new life into the world. To become a midwife I need to go to university, however this is going to cost an awful lot of money. I know my parents will support me as much as they can but they also have my little sister and my two brothers to think about, so I want to be able to support myself as much as I can. All the money I make from Jelly Babe Gifts is going towards my university fees.
I also want to give something back to the community and support child welfare charities because I am passionate about child welfare & protection. I have chosen Great Ormond Street Hospital to be the charity that we support because they do such an amazing job and work tirelessly to help children and their families. I have also chosen this charity also because my Mum went there a lot as a child; she had many operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital right up until she was 9 years old.
10% of all my profits will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital.