Busy mum is shortlisted for business award

Sarah and Samuel Asfour SUS-150511-104854001
Sarah and Samuel Asfour SUS-150511-104854001

A mother of a severely autistic teenager is in the final of a national award scheme for her successful hamper business.

Sarah Asfour, from FunkyHampers.com, moved to Eastbourne nine years ago and set up the business from scratch with little finance.

The online company, which now employs ten people and has a turnover of around £650,000, creates gift hampers with a diverse selection of items to suit all tastes.

Her success has earned her a place in the Natwest Every Woman Award finals. She has been shortlisted for the Athena Award which is for inspirational women that have set up a business while being a mum.

Sarah, 35, is a mum of two boys, 14-year-old Samuel and nine-year-old Luca. Samuel is severely autistic and is non-verbal.

Sarah said, “Samuel has never spoken and the world can be a very scary place for him.

“We have to be very organised and plan everything so that he knows what is happening and is prepared. We have to communicate and explain what is going to happen visually with photos.

“It is hard and sadly, some people with a special needs child give-up but we try and carry on and keep life as normal as possible.”

The busy mum also supports her nine-year-old son Luca in playing professional football for Brighton and Hove Albion FC.

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