Illness inspires coffee shop idea

A YOUNG mother-of-two has followed her dream and opened a coffee shop – 12 months after suffering a stroke.

Phillippa Gunn, 29, officially opened her new business, Honey B, in Gaol Lane, Sudbury, on Saturday.

However, just last year her ambition to run her own cafe seemed a million miles away after she suffered a stroke while working as a mobile hairdresser.

“I was with a customer and my vision just went,” said Phillippa, from Stanley Wood Avenue, Sudbury. “I couldn’t speak and my left arm felt strange.”

Doctors confirmed she had suffered a stroke. She was also told it was probably not the first and that she had an underlying heart condition.

In January, Phillippa underwent open-heart surgery and will have to take medication for the rest of her life.

“It’s unbelievable what has happened in the last year,” said Phillippa, whose daughters Honey, six, and Betsy, two, inspired the name of her new business.

“Opening a coffee shop is something I’ve always wanted to do.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity as I enjoy meeting people and being busy.”

Honey B is a family-friendly cafe serving healthy food. It includes a children’s play area.