A MOTHER who was once so short of money she could only afford to eat once a day spoke to millions of shoppers nationwide as the voice of Morrisons.
The millions of people who heard Sharon Brogden on the Morrisons adverts played on national radio stations and in stores around the country would not believe what the single mother had been through.
After being sacked from her telesales job four years ago when she fell pregnant she can now provide for her family – all because she hosted an online chatroom quiz where people logged on just to listen to her voice.
She had her eureka moment after a string of bad luck, including daughter Olivia nearly dying during a traumatic birth where she had a heart attack.
Things were looking up weeks later when the 43-year-old won 21,000 from her employers at a tribunal – but then the company went bust and she discovered she would not receive a penny.
She had to go hungry to provide for her baby, her car was repossessed and she faced a desperate future until the chatroom quiz, which led to her getting the coveted Morrisons job.
From trying to scrape by on 60 a week, she now earns about 2,000 a month and is in negotiations with several large companies to provide further voiceovers through her own successful company.
Two years ago Sharon, of Liversedge, West Yorkshire, logged on to a family chatroom on the website All Talk and began chatting to other users via a microphone attached to her home computer.
When asked to host a new daily quiz on the site she jumped at the chance. Sharon said: "The person who asked me said she liked the sound of my voice and I would be perfect for hosting this new quiz.
"Only about a third of the people in the room were playing the quiz; the rest had joined just because they liked my voice." She then did a media presenting course and got a job voicing an audio tour of London and, realising there was a gap in the market for British artists, she set up the Great British Voice Company to represent them.
She has brought The Wind in the Willows to life for an audio book, and voiced DH Lawrence's Women in Love as well as various podcasts and the adverts for Morrisons.