An entertainer from Tamworth has set up fun holiday park activities for children from her own bedroom.
Lucy Mae Hawthorn, 24, was forced to pack up her job at a holiday park due to the pandemic, left her apartment in Devon and moved back into her family home to sleep on the living room settee.
But the former Take Me Out star continues to push forward despite the setbacks of multiple lockdowns.
Setting up holiday park fun and games for children from her bedroom, she hosts three sessions throughout the week on Facebook.
With the help of her family and a makeshift green screen made from a painted wall, she believes this could be her new start.
She said: “I had the best-paid job I had ever had, living in an apartment by the beach which was one of my dreams. The pandemic took it all away.
“When Boris announced lockdown I was either going to cry or go mad. I thought I am going to do something about this. It’s escalated really quickly. I am a bit overwhelmed, to be honest. It feels amazing.”
Lucy set up her performer Facebook page on January 5 and already has more than 500 followers. Families and children are encouraged to join live sessions on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1pm.
She said: “I just started messaging everyone. I thought I could just get 15 people involved, that’s something. I put it on Facebook community groups and messaged a few parents. I looked the next day and 160 people had commented.
“It’s in my bedroom. The green screen wasn’t big enough, that’s why I painted my wall green.
“We do party dances mainly. We do what games we can because it’s a bit hard to do some of the games you usually do.
“But we’ve found a few of the games you can do at home like a fetch game. We had a lovely lad come on and do a tongue twister. He’s only eight and he likes entertaining people.
“This could be good for him getting used to doing little shows and it might be good for him in the future. In some ways, it’s making kids realise what they might want to do when they’re older.
“I’ve had two bookings for a private show so far. The parents have been messaging me saying they feel like this needs to be shared more and that it has really helped their kids.”
Empowering others to follow their dreams is something close to Lucy’s heart. Beginning a career in entertainment she has faced her own personal knockbacks.
“My first thing was Take Me Out. From there it kind of grew. I would love to act in a film or be in a soap.
“When I was little I was so shy I wouldn’t dare sing in front of anyone. Sometimes I wouldn’t turn up to an audition. I’ve had a lot of negativity.
“I got to a place where I was doing it as my job. People said I would never be able to do it, even my family – it’s a good job I didn’t listen.
“When I did TV stuff there was quite a bit of negativity but everyone’s been absolutely lovely and really supported it. It was a bit of a shock to me. When I do these performances I really find a way to get people to find their dreams.”