My JOURNEY

After finishing a two year Youth Training Scheme focusing on graphic design and printing techniques when I left secondary school, I found full time employment with a plastic card manufacturing company who produced VIP passes & badges for the hospitality sector, mainly music, sporting and conference events. I fulfilled various roles within the company including designing, pre-press, digital printing, administration, client services, exhibition event organising and finally promotion to operations manager. They had the pleasure of my service for 25 years!

During the last 5 years of my full time employment I had been running ‘Orchid Memories’ in the background as a small side line business. See About Us section

November 8th 2019 – A DATE I WILL NEVER FORGET!

After experiencing some ongoing health problems for a few months I was eventually rushed into hospital for tests and an emergency blood transfusion. I was then given the devastating news that I had been diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. (I had been a very silly girl and missed my smear test to which a 6cm stage 2b tumour had become present).

From that day on my whole life changed. I was sent for CT Scans, Mri Scans & Pet Scans. I was then transferred from Medway Hospital over to the Kent Oncology Centre in Maidstone where I met my consultant (my AMAZING consultant I might add) and my treatment plan was laid out for me.

Surgery, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and internal Brachytherapy. In between all of the treatment I had a total of seven blood transfusions, a pick line fitted, my weight plummeted to seven stone and near the very end of my treatment, I developed sepsis which gave me renal failure. The entire experience was extremely frightening and the toughest challenge of my life, physically, mentally and emotionally.

The positive I take from this ordeal is that I got to meet some of the most AMAZING individuals, the Doctors, Nurses and all of the staff at both Medway and Maidstone NHS Hospitals are just incredible. I really did receive the BEST care and I will never forget any of them (especially two of my main guys who I will always hold in the highest of regards: Mr Doctor Jeff Summers & Mr Professor Omer Devaja.

July 13th 2020 – THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!

At 10.12am I received that all important telephone call to notify me a full response had been achieved. Cancer Free! – It was finally over, my life was handed back to me. A well deserved magnum of Moët & Chandon was enjoyed that day (I shared with my family and friends of course!)
After my recovery process, the covid lock down restrictions lifting and the world re-opening, the whole of my ordeal just hit me and I started to look at life in a very different light. I needed to move on and find fulfilment elsewhere.

It took courage to make a difficult decision to resign from my job of 25 years especially after investing a significant amount of time and effort with my previous employer. But I had to chose to prioritise my own happiness and fulfilment by pursuing something I am passionate about.

So here I am today Owner and Creative
Director of my own Company …
‘Orchid Memories’

“If I Didn’t Make You Uncomfortable, You Never Would of Moved”

Yours Sincerely

The Universe

Orchid Memories director Donna
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Amazing 5 Star Google Reviews

Having worked with families from all over Kent, London and Essex including many other parts of the UK.
We are very proud to boast about our AMAZING 5 Star Google reviews

Five star rating
I found Donna a great help when my father passed away last November she went through the order of service with me and asked me about my dad’s life and was able to put a beautiful back picture of the Victory (which he helped to restore) on it. She made things very easy for me considering I was arranging a funeral from hundreds of miles away. The order of service was perfect and delivered to the chapel of rest for me.
Sharon Smith, Says

Orchid Memories were recommended to us and did not disappoint the Order of Service for my late wife was perfect, I couldn’t thank Donna enough, I would 100% recommend them.

Peter Ives, Says
Donna was outstanding – I had no idea what to do and she helped enormously and gave me excellent ideas and numerous options. She is a lovely lady and her thoughts were great her help and support at a tough time were much appreciated and helped me get the order of service finished in good time. The end product was superb and very reasonably priced. Donna also gave me a good recommendation for floral tributes. Thank you very much
Alison Mason, Says
An absolute first-class service. I was delighted with the Order of Service for my mum – many people have commented on how beautiful it was. Donna was extremely efficient from the very first phone call to the final product being delivered. Losing someone is very difficult and it was great to have someone who was professional and caring. I can’t recommend Orchid Memories highly enough. Many thanks, Donna.
Justine Keene, Says
Donna at Orchid Memories provided me with a first-class service at short notice. She took the time to meet and discuss the order of service without rushing. Once she had prepared the booklet and it was agreed, The printing was completed to a high standard and the order of service was ready to pick up within a few days.
Andrew Purdie, Says

Donna made an upsetting experience much easier. My husband’s order of service was made so personal to him. So many people commented on how lovely they were. I would definitely use Orchid Memories in the future if necessary and would highly recommend Donna to all my friends and family.

Tracey Wordley, Says

Donna of Orchid Memories has provided the Order of Service for both my parent’s funerals, everybody remarked on how lovely they were. The service provided was exemplary, quick, professional and they incorporated our requests with the minimum of fuss and to create something perfect.

Emma Polhill, Says