A nurse from the Ribble Valley has realised her dream of running her own care home after purchasing a care business in the Rossendale Valley.
Melissa O’ Rourke and her husband Jason, who live at Sawley, have taken over Ashlands Nursing Home, Waterfoot, from retiring owners Anna Mai and Arthur Marriott, whom she met on a nursing course.
Mother-of-three Melissa, 35, has worked in the care sector since leaving Bowland High School. She worked for many years at Clitheroe Health Centre, and recently spent two years as nurse manager at The Manor House nursing home, Chatburn.
Jason, 43, a former joiner and surveyor, will look after the financial and administration side of the home.
Melissa, said: “Owning and running my own care home is something I’ve wanted to do from an early age.
“I cared for my own mum and dad when they were ill, so I know and understand what that feels like for family members. It’s made me want to treat everyone how I wanted my own mum and dad to be cared for when they were ill.
“I feel privileged to be taking over from two wonderful people and will strive to maintain the excellent standards for which they have made Ashlands renowned.”
The Grade II listed Victorian property, built for a woollen manufacturer, became a residential home in the 1980s.