For the majority of couples, a nine month pregnancy is a relaxed and joyous time, but for my wife and I, it was rather tumultuous. After finding out we were to become first time parents we began renovating our new home in Sketty, met Mr Nash, and following a short illness got asked to take over the reins of a little community shop called Nash sports. Little did we know that the next year was going to be one to remember for a number of reasons.
Both Lauren and I held down full time jobs and during evenings and weekends we were sorting through Ray's pandoras box of paperwork and stock. It was difficult to make sense of Ray's 'organised chaos' but slowly we managed to create some sort of order that was easier for us to deal with.
It was after a 12 hour shift of clearing the shop in order to get it ready to reopen that Lauren's waters broke and our son Freddie arrived. Paternity leave consisted of sleepless nights because of our wonderful new born and anxiety over carrying on Ray's legacy and his concept for the business, dirty nappies, school uniform and sportswear aplenty!
After one year we have made some changes to nash and hopefully brought it into the 21st century as Ray wanted whilst not losing sight of the vision that we see the business taking. We want to continue providing a service to the community that Ray so desperately loved. This is a sentiment that we now share.
All we ask is that you support your local businesses and help to keep legacies such as Nash alive.
Russell, Lauren and Freddie