FROM Pemberton to Iraq - one woman has seen it all in a day’s work.
That is because health visitor Linda Taberner is also a Major in the Territorial Army and has just returned from a four-month tour in Afghanistan.
Between October last year and February this year, Linda, 55, worked at the world’s biggest trauma unit at Camp Bastion in Helmand province. She is usually based at Pemberton Clinic, but has been in the TA since 2001.
On Wednesday, she wore her TA uniform as part of Uniform to Work Day - a national initiative which is being run in support of Armed Forces Day.
Linda’s husband, Alan, is also in the TA and works as a mental health nurse. They have been married for four years after meeting through their work with the TA.
Linda, who is originally from Sunderland, said: “I would recommend the TA to anybody who wants a new challenge and has a bit of energy to burn off.
“I used to play a lot of netball, but then I ruptured my cruciate ligament in my knee so I couldn’t do stop-start sports again.
“It was then that a friend suggested the TA and it went from there really. I met my husband through it which is how I ended up in Wigan and I’m always doing something different.
“The trips to Iraq and more recently Afghanistan really opened my eyes and until you have been you cannot really imagine what it is like. Working in Helmand has given me a whole new perspective.
“The TA provides grounding, I love my job as a health visitor and have worked in the NHS for 38 years.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do any of it though without the support of my employers – Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust – Ashton, Leigh and Wigan division – they support my TA duties fully and give me the time to support our Armed Forces in a nursing role.”
Major Linda will also be taking the salute alongside the Mayor of Wigan at the Armed Forces Day event on Saturday, June 25 at Leigh Sports Village.
For more information about the TA and what the organisation does, visit www.tanearyou.org.uk