AN insight into the remarkable story of an inspirational lady was the highlight of an autumn fair at Clitheroe Golf Club.
Lady Captain Mrs Jan Burrows introduced Lt Col Sharon Stewart TA, ARRC, a mother of three and matron at Euxton Hall Hospital, Chorley.
Sharon is a reservist at 207 Manchester Field Hospital (volunteers), who were deployed to the British Military Hospital on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, and it was her four-and-a-half months spent in Afghanistan about which she spoke to an enthralled audience filling the clubhouse.
Sharon was in charge and the co-ordinator of a team of British and American doctors and nurses, which took over the hospital for a tour of duty.
In her emotional talk, she spoke of the horrific injuries she saw, particularly to children, some the same age as one of her daughters, who were badly wounded, but still their mothers were not allowed to take them to hospital.
She praised the British troops and the way if one of the team was injured, they stayed with their comrades and looked after each other as one big family.
She described her role, which goes beyond nursing and the long hours, to a more spiritual level, and the dedication of the staff in the hospital who have to contend with security, as well as caring for those fighting against them.
Sharon joined the territorial army in 1991 and her first tour was in Iraq in 2004.
In recognition of her dedication, she has been awarded the Associate of the Royal Red Cross, which is to be presented to her by The Queen.
A raffle was held for Help for Heroes, a cause close to Sharon’s heart, which raised £320.
Various stalls, including cakes, plants, Christmas gifts, and a tombola, together with a guess the weight of a Christmas cake, made and iced by member Sylvia Bowden, helped to raise £860.
Thanks were expressed by Mrs Burrows to all who helped on the day, to those who attended, and to Sharon for her exceptional talk.