TWO carers have left their jobs to invest their life savings in a joint business venture.

Dawn Darby and Kelly Shaw, who used to work for Disability Association Carlisle and Eden, believe going it alone will help them offer people a better service.

They have launched Heydays Care, based at Ulpha Farm, Meathop, providing services from shopping and domestic tasks to dealing with bills and night time care.

The farm, which acts as the company’s headquarters,has been renovated to include disabled access.

Dawn said the move of quitting work and using their savings to launch a care service was worth it.

“We decided that because we both like providing care, and we genuinely want to make a difference, the only way was to fund it ourselves and we are going to continue to do so,” she said.

“We hope next year to acquire a mobility vehicle because there are a lot of people who are housebound”.

Heydays Care is on 015395-52548.