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Queen's honour for army nurse
ARMY nurse Sharon Woodhouse said it was a “wonderful surprise” to be given an OBE.
The former Lawford schoolgirl picked up her award, which was given out as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, on January 25 at Buckingham Palace.
Lt Colonel Sharon Woodhouse is part of the Queen Alexanders Royal Nursing Corps and has served in Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Gibralter and Iraq.
Her role sees her care for the seriously wounded, injured, and long term sick soldiers.
Speaking after receiving her award, she said: “I was extremely proud to receive the OBE, which came as a wonderful surprise when I was told.
“To actually receive this award as part of the Queens Birthday Honors list in her Diamond Jubilee year made this award even more special."
She added: “As a specialist nurse practitioner my role as an army officer has enabled me to be at the forefront of development in the way we care both currently and in the future for our wounded and injured soldiers."
Mum Ginny Eyers, who still lives in Lawford, said she is delighted with her daughter’s recognition.
“I am so proud,” she said. “From when she was 12 she wanted to be a nurse.”
Sharon, a former Manningtree High School pupil, was presented with her OBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace joined by her Husband Robert and Parents Ginny and Mick Eyers.