A WREXHAM nurse spoke of her delight at being able to open her new business following lockdown changes.

Gemma Butcher, 32, has been a registered nurse for more than 10 years and has also been working within the aesthetics and cosmetic surgery industry for eight years.

She decided to leave full time nursing to pursue her dream of starting her own aesthetics and beauty business - but covid-19 put her plans on hold.

Miss Butcher, who has a four-year-old son named Harry, said: "Just before lockdown I'd found premises on Station Road in Rossett.

"I didn't even manage to open before it started, but I have been working on it the whole time and there has been a massive refurbishment."

Ambitions Aesthetic and Beauty Training opened for the first time on Monday, following the relaxation of covid regulations.

Miss Butcher, formerly of Wrexham Maelor Hospital, said: "I did an open day to show people the kind of things I'll be offering including aesthetic treatment, skin treatment and injectables and dermal fillers.

"It went really well and we staggered everyone appropriately.

"We warned everyone what to expect coming in and we have already put measures in place such as hand sanitising and signage.

"It was a long day but I am really happy with how it went.

"I chose to go into nursing first to get the experience, but this has always been what I have wanted to do."

Speaking of how she feels about lockdown being relaxed, she added: "Harry is currently undergoing assessments for autism and it has been hard for him, being in every day.

"I wasn't socialising with friends or seeing family so it has been nice to see peoples' faces and get back into a routine again."

Miss Butcher's mum Christine, a nurse practitioner at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, said: "We are so proud of her, considering she started at the beginning of lockdown and it has been quite a struggle for her.

"I think she's done extremely well.

"It's something she's always had an interest in and she is extremely focused and driven."