WHEN lockdown hit it caused many of us to put our job or career aspirations on hold.

However, one teenager has been able to progress with her own beauty business thanks to some help from her dad.

Elisha Reynolds, from Newton-le-Willows, was delighted when dad Mark created a 'beauty shed' for her in the garden.

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This enabled Elisha, 17, who has struggled with anxiety, to get her own business going and become established.

The former Hope Academy pupil, who had attended Carmel College, was able to follow her ambitions and has now developed a growing client base with her business Elisha G Beauty.

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Dad Mark, 43, a self-employed builder created the shed exterior while Elisha herself saved up and even got herself a full-time job with the NHS Track and Trace system to fund her stock and furnishings.

And the teenager had to endure being hospitalised with sepsis and having a kidney stone and severe infection.

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"Elisha has had a difficult time through school as she suffers from anxiety," said mum Lisa.

"She was very poorly as well and we had to take her to hospital.

"She has gone through the mill a little bit but it hasn't stopped her.

"When we went into lockdown, my husband had started building the shed anyway and we decided to build her a beauty business instead.

"She had been focusing on make-up for a while now and it is something to set her up for a long-term career.

"She loves it, she's absolutely thrilled to bits."

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Elisha Reynolds practising on her sister Tia

Lisa added: "She had got herself a job during lockdown, obviously we built the exterior, but she has saved up and raised the money through a full time job to fund the interior and for her qualifications.

"She has paid for online course and used her own initiative.

"She has started to get established.

"I'm just really proud of her, a 17-year-old to be able to go to the lengths she has gone to."