Proud ‘pie man’ starts small

2016-03-31 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede Simon Cochrane delivering his freshly made pies.

PHOTO: precious gumede Simon Cochrane delivering his freshly made pies.

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SIMON Cochran has never been the type to sit at home and spend his days feeling sorry for himself. Instead, he opened a pie business to make a living instead of complaining.

Cochran, who lives with a disability, can be seen daily zipping around on his scooter, delivering his sought-after home-made pies.

“Cooking has always been one of my interests, so that also helped when I decided to make my own pies,” says the Sea Park resident.

Cochran was born in Johannesburg and was working for a transport company when he was involved in motorbike accident which left him with an injured spine, and he was declared unfit to work.

“I was later diagnosed with leukaemia, twice, and doctors told me to stay away from fast foods, including pies.”

This is when he came up with an idea to bake his own, using fresh ingredients, in a clean environment.

He soon realised he could sell the pies to the public after those, who tasted them, remarked on how tasty they were.

He says the profit he makes from selling the pies supplements his government disability grant.

Cochran’s mother is the sixties and seventies Springbok show jumper­, Wendy Greyston, who has since retired to Sea Park.

He also did some horse riding before the accident.

Cochran has big dreams for his small business and hopes to see it grow.

“I am hoping that one day I will find a retail store to partner with, which would then distribute my pies.”

The father of four says the response and support he has received from the South Coast community is amazing.

He says his belief in prayer and believing he can do it always pays off.

“If you pray and believe that all will work in your favour you can do anything.”

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