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Banana Chat – meet Anna Kennedy

This week’s Banana Chat is with our inspirational person of the week – Anna Kennedy who set up, owns and runs My Cupcake Toppers from her base in Scotland…..

Hi, My name is Anna Kennedy. Originally from North Yorkshire, I now live and work in Bellshill, Scotland.  I set up my business My Cupcake Toppers when my children were young so I could work from home with flexibility, and over the last 7 years the business has grown to become a team of 4 working from leased premises.

I supplied the cake toppers that were used for the Banana Crumble afternoon tea when they presented The Cystic Fibrosis Trust with the £5000, and we support over 20 other charities on our website with discounted or ‘profit share’ listings. We also supply personalised cake toppers as well as themed toppers for birthdays, weddings, seasonal holidays and many more.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and our miniature dachshund Franco, and I have a passion for Italy – the language, the food, the culture and the country.  I also love to run, and am currently in training for 2 half marathons this year, and aim to do the Stirling Marathon next year before I turn 50.

What is your favourite joke?
What is the difference between roast beef and pea soup? – You can roast beef but you can’t pee soup…  I can never remember jokes, but my daughter told me this one last night and it made me laugh

What makes you smile?
Franco, my dachshund.  He is a chocolate and tan 18 month sausage dog and he makes me smile every time I look at him or think about him.

What is your favourite good news story? 
There are just so many I can’t think of just one.  Random acts of kindness are my favourites.

What inspires you? 
My best friend – after fundraising for years for Macmillan Cancer Support on top of being a mum of 2 and running multiple businesses, she has unfortunately been diagnosed with breast cancer this year.  I have never met a stronger, more hardworking person in my life, who still carries on without ever complaining, caring only about others in her life.  She has her own blog ‘The Beefy Farmers Wife’ that is worth a read.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? 
To stop people fighting – from siblings fighting over nothing, to the terrible violent wars all over the world.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why? 
Flying – just how cool would that be????

What is your favourite food?
Cadbury’s chocolate – no other chocolate will do.  I’m really hoping that the new American owners don’t fiddle with it anymore.

What is your favourite drink?
An Aperol Spritz (preferably in Italy)

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home? 
My hair dryer – hotel hairdryers just don’t do it!

If you could make one law, what would it be and why? 
Fair taxes for all – I’m not particularly political but it’s hard seeing so many struggle to buy basics, and others thinking nothing ofspending thousands on a handbag.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I won ‘Miss Levendale’ when I was 9 years old.

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 
‘There is nothing as bad as a grey looking white bra’ – this came from my mum.

What cause, project or event would you like to promote? 
I am all for holding a second referendum in the hope that Brexit will not happen.  Alternatively, if it is an option I would like to promote my website www.mycupcaketoppers.co.uk which is a small business I set up when my children were small, printing logos or branding, personal photos and drawings, text or just a picture from the internet onto cake or cupcake toppers.

Who is your favourite music artist? 
The Charlatans or Duran Duran.  I like quite a bit of current music, but nothing seems as good as the 80’s or 90’s.

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
My mum without a doubt.  Unfortunately she is no longer with us having passed away 10 years ago with Ovarian cancer, but she was incredible and I was lucky to have her in my life for almost 40 years.  My mum was a stay at home mum, but spent her entire adult life caring for our family, as well as the much wider community.  Every day I find myself asking what my mum would have done in a situation, and feel so proud that she is still remembered by so many.  My only regret is that she did not get to experience her 3 grandchildren grow up – she would have loved it so much (and so would they).

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold? Cold

Cat or dog?  Dog

Blue or pink?  Pink

Tea or coffee?  Coffee, but I only have one a day and after that, green tea

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half full

Pyjamas or not? Nightie

Night out or night in? In

Pizza or pasta? Pizza

Biscuits or cake?  Cake

Wine or beer?  Wine

Football or rugby?  Football

Cinema or theatre?  Cinema

Gym or TV?  Gym

Naughty or nice?  Nice

Silver or gold?  Silver

Tent or hotel?  Hotel

Bath or shower?  Shower

Starter or pudding?  Pudding

Sheets or duvet?  Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones?  GOT

Finally, apple or banana?  Apple

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