COUSINS from Wiltshire celebrated the start of the New Year by finding out they have enough funding to get their company up and running and to receive charity status.

Georgia Hope from Cherhill and Lucy Menghini from Melksham embarked on a kickstarter campaign at the beginning of December with hopes of raising £10,000 to get their charitable company, Tetta Tees, up and running.

Thanks to incredibly generous donations, £11,886 was raised to start their company, which will provide tassel making kits for a community of people dealing with breast cancer who are looking for a distraction from their treatment. These kits provide everything needed to make tassels which are then sewn onto t-shirts, in the outline of boobs and sold to raise money for charity.

Mrs Menghini, 28, who came up with the idea, was thrilled to reach their target.

She said: “It happened very quickly and it is so lovely people are really keen, we are really pleased.

“We’ve had a mixed reaction, some people fell in love with the idea behind it, and others just love the t-shirts.”

The cherry on top of the cake was when Miss Hope found out she was clear of cancer halfway through their fundraising.

But the hard work starts as they now have to make 3,500 tassels to sew onto t-shirts which kickstarter pledgers will be receiving by the end of this month, as a thank you for helping to start their company.

It wasn't all plain sailing, as Mrs Menghini began to worry when the money plateaued at around the £5k mark.

"I said to Georgia, there is a lot going on with you and everybody, if we don't hit the £6,000 mark how do you feel, do you want to push on? She said she had every intention of getting better so we said if we don't hit a certain figure we'll call it a day.

"Then I was driving to Manchester that night and I thought, there is no way you can leave it now. I spoke to a lot of friends and put more stuff on social media."

Then Tetta tees was picked up organically by author and boob activist Giovanna Fletcher, the wife of McFly member, Tom. She shared a picture of her wearing one of the t-shirts and the pledges soon came in thick and fast.

Mrs Menghini, said: "When that happened our social just went absolutely mad. I think she picked up on it because she is a patron of Coppafeel. Giovanna was definitely the biggest push for us, it pushed us over that £10,000 mark. We hit it in about three days when she put a picture of her in a top."

The next step for the young women on their business venture is to transfer the funds, get kits sent out to girls and women with cancer, and get the tassels sewn onto t-shirts and sent out to the buyers.

They are also in talks with Breast Cancer Now, and will shortly have corporate partnership meaning that, as they are directly helping women with breast cancer, they are also raising vital funds for charity.