A girl from Cropwell Bishop has started a business venture after taking inspiration from her mum’s battle with cancer.
Emily Barge has set up a company called Nibble N Often, which offers a box full bite-sized non-clinical snacks that can be enjoyed little and often.
The 20-year-old told the Local News: “The company has been funded entirely from my savings.
“The whole idea started when my mum was diagnosed with cancer. She went through so much chemotherapy it affected her appetite massively.
“We tried so hard to make her meals to her fancy but nothing ever worked.
“I started to leave bite-sized snacks by her bedside and I noticed that as each day went by the bowl was empty.
“After a few days I noticed a huge difference in my mum. She felt more comfortable and I could see more life in her eyes.
“When mum was diagnosed with cancer I also became very poorly. I was diagnosed with anorexia.
“When mum died three years ago, I had to go into hospital as I was so underweight.
“The issue for me was I couldn’t control how my mum was dying, so I turned my attention to controlling my food intake.
“After I was discharged from hospital, my dietician told me to eat little and often.
“Like mum, I used to snack on bite-sized snacks every so often which lead to me eventually have a healthy relationship with food again.”
This is where Nibble N Often was born. Nibble N Often is a box of bite-sized snacks that the customer can choose from via a website.
Emily added: “The box is tailored to everyone’s individual needs.
“For instance, ginger nut biscuits for someone having nausea from chemotherapy or even purees if an elderly person is struggling to digest foods.
“Nibble N Often is designed to be non-clinical and make life less about eating.
“The product is not just for people who are poorly, but for anyone over the age of 13 who is struggling to eat in general.
“Nibble N Often has been made so it reflects a little bit of light when times may feel dark.
“My story of how I suffered with eating and my family is also on the box to show people they’re not alone.
“The majority of the snacks are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free and organic.
“I am trying so hard to make the best out of my past and make a real difference.
“My mum raised a vast amount of money for charity and I would like to be part of her legacy.”