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PremierLeague-News.Com- Fay Beeley - That Oven Girl - says she can't believe how her luck has turned after living on Universal Credit last year
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! “I’m flabbergasted,” said Fay Beeley. She can’t quite believe how successful her oven cleaning business has become just weeks after launching. The mum-of-one, from Stockport, scrubs around 60 ovens a week under the name ‘That Oven Girl’. Fay launched the firm with the help of her family just three weeks ago, but has already gained a reputation among Coronation Street and reality TV stars. She has Simon Gregson, who plays Steve McDonald, and Ellie Leach - who plays Faye Windass - on her books, with more celebrities getting in touch by the day. It’s thanks to former Love Island star, Scott Thomas, that Fay’s business has really taken off in popularity. He did a shout-out to his near-a-million Instagram followers after she paid him a visit. Now, she wakes up to 50 messages a day from customers, and is fully booked until April. But it’s yet to sink in for the 31-year-old, who says she keeps chuckling to herself in disbelief as she's come a long way since the first lockdown. Before the pandemic, Fay was cleaning offices in Didsbury and Stockport and had some domestic cleaning clients, but was struck off after the country went into lockdown in March last year. Fay says she ‘lost everything’ and was suddenly out of work and living on benefits. “Everyone went into panic mode,” she recalled. “The first to go were the people they didn't need, so because they didn’t need cleaners anymore, I lost everything.” Read More Related Articles 'The rare condition that's stopped me from dating and left me feeling like an alien' Read More Related Articles The new Wigan store where struggling families can do a big shop for just £3 Fay had recently turned self-employed at the time, and therefore wasn’t eligible for furlough pay. She lived off Universal Credit and relied on her family for help. “I’d never been out of work before, it’s one of the worst feelings in the world, and it’s awful not knowing where your next meal is coming from,” she said. She’d always offered oven cleaning as part of her services, and began cleaning for friends and family, which she puts down to them feeling sorry for her. Around four weeks ago, Fay fell victim to a scam. A conman set up a fake profile and booked her out for four days’ worth of work, where she forked out over £200 on products. But when she got to the properties, she realised they were fake. Fay with Ellie from Corrie (Image: ThatOvenGirl) It was at this moment when she felt so embarrassed and foolish that her step-sister Louise, who owns her own company - The Creative Folk - encouraged her to go it alone and set up her own brand. Fay now has a positive outlook on what happened to her. “Whoever set me up made me try even harder to make something good come out of it,” Fay said. “You just don’t know how your luck can change.” One of Fay’s sisters, Gemma, helps her with admin and booking customers in, while her other sister, Callie, who lives in New Zealand, set up social media pages for That Oven Girl.
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As a huge fan, Callie got in touch with the former Love Island star and PR agency director Scott Thomas to see if he would be interested in hiring out the company. “Because of the time difference, she was ringing me up at 2am, screaming ‘you’ve got Scott Thomas!” Fay continued. “It’s just gone crazy from there, and I mean crazy.”
Under the current government guidelines, Fay is permitted to continue work in lockdown, but is limited in how far she is allowed to travel. She’s visited the homes of some vulnerable people, where she’s entered through a back door, while they have stayed in a front room, before disinfecting the area on her way out. An elderly woman in her 80s who she cleans for has even become a friend. The customer, called Jean, has been incredibly lonely since her husband died last October, and still makes two meals every evening out of habit. She kept asking Fay to come back to her home the same time each week to do odd jobs. “She then asked me to do her tiles, and when I said ‘I can do it now for you’, she insisted I returned the following week,” Fay said. “I realised she wanted some company as she doesn’t go out at all.
Jean has become a loyal client and friend
“I told her about the photos I’d been putting on Facebook, and she asked if I could take a picture of her after she’d put her make-up on. “She stood next to her oven like a model in a magazine, she’s so cute.” Fay counts herself lucky that she is able to work during lockdown, as she’d otherwise ‘go insane’. She talks of her 12-year-old daughter, who is struggling to sleep at night without seeing her friends and not being in school. “She’s not got that stimulation that she has in school and she’s sometimes up until 3.30am crying. It’s like insomnia, it's torture,” she said.
In the past few days, That Oven Girl has become a limited company, with Fay now training up a team of staff due to demand. Fay said she "wouldn’t believe" it if someone told her last year that she would be running a successful business by now. “I had a victim mentality (at the time) where I questioned why bad things always happened to me. It was always one thing after the next. “It was hard to get out of that slump, but I thought I needed to provide for my family,” she said. Fay has been keeping her family up-to-date about her work in their Whatsapp group, and says they’re her ‘biggest fans’. “I don't know when it will sink in,” she added, whilst laughing.
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