Suffering two devastating blows in the space of a few months spurred 44-year-old Sara-Ann Perry on to achieve a lifetime's dream of opening her own business.

Mrs Perry, of Iona Crescent, Cippenham, had always wanted a business of her own. But the final spur to do it came through adversity.

She said: "In 2013 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and the following February I was made redundant."

Now she has opened her own shop Chic2Chic in Eton High Street after 25 years of working in the retail industry, latterly as a manager with the Next company.

Mrs Perry is the daughter of Eton's mayoress Glenys Bishop and step-daughter of mayor Cllr Derek Bishop. Mrs Bishop is a partner in the shop, which opened at the beginning of the month.

The shop sells 'preloved' or 'nearly new' designer hats, shoes and accessories that have been bought by their owners but only ever worn once for a special occasion.

Sales profits are then split between the previous owner and the shop.

Mrs Perry says she is coping well with her condition. She said: "I walk with a stick now and have good days and bad days. But it is much less stressful running my own business than working for others.

"I'm starting a new medication and I'm fine. It is one of those things."

The shop is open 10.30am to 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday each week, or at other times by appointment Anyone who would like to contact Mrs Perry can reach her on sara@chic2chic or 07949 601211.