'First it was just extra cash; now I see it as our future'
Dubliner Loraine Gleeson (37) left her job in drug-addiction work while pregnant with her daughter Sophie. Unable to find work to fit with childcare, she got creative with devotedtocakes.ie. She says:
"With 21-hour shifts and residential work, my job in a drug addiction centre wasn't suitable when I was pregnant with Sophie, so I took redundancy and left.
"But when Sophie turned one I was ready for something new and started looking for work. When I couldn't find anything, I got the idea for a cake-making company.
"If it hadn't been for Sophie I would never have done it. The idea came after making her a two-tier cake decorated with flowers and teddies for her first birthday. After that, a friend wanted me to make her child a cake, and it grew from there.
"At first it was just a bit of extra money to supplement my husband's teacher salary, but now I can see it as our future and look forward to expanding it once Sophie goes to school.
"I love it: that's what keeps me motivated. During the day I look after Sophie, and in the evenings -- even if a part of me wants to put my feet up and watch Emmerdale -- it's time to start baking."