An A&E nurse based at Southampton General Hospital has been honoured by the Queen for her service to the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
Senior Sister Sarah Charters was made an Associate of the Royal Red Cross in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list earlier this year and has just collected her award at Buckingham Palace.
The honour was bestowed in recognition of her continued commitment to No 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a senior nursing officer. She has been with the squadron for 19 years. Ms Charters has served in Saudi Arabia (1991), Cyprus and Iraq (2003) and Afghanistan (2007).
‘Being out in combat zones makes you a more flexible and adaptable person and it has benefited me just as much as it has everyone I have helped in some way,’ she said.