Sharon served her country and always cared for people. When she died, her husband was left to raise their young son. This is his story.
Wayne met Sharon in 1998 at the hospital where they both worked and they were engaged within three months. Wayne, aged 49 and living in Aldershot, Hampshire, described Sharon as an “Extremely enthusiastic and happy sort of person – it was full on or nothing – and very smart.”
Sharon was a qualified NHS nurse when she joined QARANC (Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps) in 1999 as a commissioned officer. She was an intensive care unit and theatre nurse, rising to the rank of Captain. Her military career included several tours of Kosovo and going to Africa as part of an ongoing medical aid team to tackle malaria. After serving for nine years, Sharon left the Army and worked in a GP practice.
In 2011 Sharon suffered an accidental head injury at home and died as a result of her injuries.
Wayne said “It was the worst day of my life. This isn’t fair at all – a caring person who served her country and looked after people, why has this happened? How are we going to cope?”
In addition to his grief, Wayne faced being left as a lone parent and having a reduced household income.
HOW THE OA HELPED
We initially helped Wayne with a contribution towards the funeral costs. We subsequently provided additional grants to help him and his son with living expenses. Wayne also knows that he is able to contact the OA for advice and guidance.
The OA’s impact on Wayne’s life has been significant.
Wayne said: “Life is much better through the help and support of the OA. It has given me more confidence in myself and life in general, and the future. I think that shines through and I think my son has picked up on that, so we’ve grown closer.”
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