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PremierLeague-News.Com - W hen it was clear lockdown wasn’t being lifted anytime soon, Lucy Wilkinson and her 'Giggle Bus' took the show on the road
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Being a clown is a way of life for Lucy Wilkinson. The mum-of-three - known professionally as Louby Lou - loves nothing more than walking into a room wearing a big wig and making kids laugh. And for Louby Lou, clowning is more than just dressing up and cracking a few jokes. The 40-year-old, from Leigh, rises at 5am to do yoga, go running and update her journal before cracking on with her day in the funny business. But like most performers, Lucy's work evaporated almost overnight when the UK entered national lockdown in March last year. Her diary - once packed with kids’ parties and school or hospital visits - was suddenly empty. With everyone stuck at home, Louby Lou was forced to diversify. Louby Lou has been quick to adapt to the restrictions placed on her by lockdown (Image: Louby Lou) Lucy, who lives with her husband and three daughters, said: “I was in a massive panic. “One minute I was in my clown outfit going live with my saxophone in the kitchen, the next I was baking cakes with the kids. "I did all that lockdown stuff we were all doing at first. "The thing is, I’m passionate about bringing joy and happiness to children. "When that was all taken away, it really affected me.” Lucy managed to adapt some of her clowning to an online model, hosting virtual kids parties on zoom. Creating the same magic on a laptop wasn’t easy, but she was determined to make it work. “As an entertainer, I get my energy from other people," she adds. “When you’re doing a virtual party, it’s hard to recreate that sense of energy. “You have to give it 150 per cent to really make it work.” Louby Lou now performs mini doorstep shows for kids in lockdown (Image: Louby Lou) And when it was clear that lockdown wasn’t being lifted anytime soon, Lucy took Louby Lou on the road via her ‘Giggle Bus’.
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. It proved to be the ideal (and Covid-safe) birthday treat for youngsters stuck at home. “It was the most magical thing,” she said.. “Just seeing the parents and their children having a great time together was really special. “It was something I’d really missed. And I think some parents actually liked not having the stress of organising a party.” Lucy adapted her costumes for Halloween, Christmas and Easter-themed visits.
Louby Lou playing her saxophone while out on the road
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She was also one of the beneficiaries of a free scheme designed to help self-employed people adapt and keep working during the coronavirus pandemic. The programme, EnterprisingYou, is available to self-employed people aged 18+ and was commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), with funding from the Department of Education (DfE). Lucy said it was a constructive way to develop her business in quieter times of the pandemic. Now that national coronavirus restrictions are being eased, her next project is building her own entertainment space called 'Louby Lou's Lounge'.
Lou Cordwell, Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP), said: "The EnterprisingYou scheme has provided self-employed people with reassurance and wellbeing support, as well as practical advice from a knowledgeable Business Coach. If you need some extra support, get in touch to learn more. "Greater Manchester’s thousands of self-employed people have been among the hardest hit during the pandemic. Our business community has already shown incredible solidarity and resilience to endure an extremely difficult period. "EnterprisingYou is there to help small businesses overcome the immediate challenges and thrive beyond the pandemic."
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