The core family business was memorial stone masonry. The business had been established for 70 years and is still going on in a number of different forms with various family members. I am a real animal lover and I wanted to provide natural, boulder type memorials for animals that could be placed in a garden setting and not look out of place. The idea for Running Free was conceived when I lost my beloved cat “Mu” and although I searched extensively, I couldn’t find the right memorial stone for him – so in the end with the help of the stone masons from the family business, I produced my own. Mu’s stone was widely admired and I ended up making more memorials for friends and neighbours. As they were so well received, I decided to market them and offer them more widely. That was 10 years ago; now, Running Free pet memorials have been made for customers all over the country and I have also had enquiries from abroad.