ICU nurse on an icy mis­sion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A ROYAL Air Force re­servist from RAF Northolt has taken part in a win­ter mil­i­tary ex­er­cise in Nor­way.

Cor­po­ral Eleanor Richards, 26, serves as a nurse with Num­ber 600 (City of Lon­don) Squadron at the base as well as car­ry­ing out her role as a staff nurse in the In­ten­sive Care Unit at Royal Sur­rey County Hospital in Guild­ford.

Corp Richards was se­lected to join Ex­er­cise Win­ter­march, in which she and other re­servists were in­structed by Nor­we­gian and Dan­ish ex­perts in cross-coun­try ski­ing, cold weather in­jury preven­tion and avalanche sur­vival.

“It was a great op­por­tu­nity to work with the Nor­we­gian mil­i­tary but also to push my­self and try some­thing new, which is what I joined the RAF Re­serves to do,” she said.

Corp Richards, who be­came a re­servist in 2013, said: “I wish I’d done it sooner. I was look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet new peo­ple, en­hance my ca­reer, get more train­ing and do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent from the NHS.

“I’ve de­vel­oped skills I can bring to the RAF. At the same time, the RAF has helped me de­velop my lead­er­ship abil­i­ties and of­fered train­ing not avail­able else­where.”

n CROSS­OVER SKILLS: Cor­po­ral Eleanor Richards on mil­i­tary ex­er­cise in Nor­way

LAC Cathy Sharples (RAuxAF)

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