I started my career in the Royal Navy in 2001. I travelled around the world and did one tour of the Gulf region, which is where I was awarded my first medal. After serving in the Royal Navy for five years, I left in 2006.
After leaving the Royal Navy in 2006, I turned to retail and became a retail manager in a number of designer shops such as Whistles and Ted Baker. In 2012, my Fiancé, Paul ‘Woody’ Woodland, was killed in a Royal Marine’s training accident before he was due to return to a second tour of Afghanistan.
After Paul’s death, I immersed myself into raising money for military charities. In addition, I moved from working in retail to working for charities until I helped set up Woody’s Lodge in his honour. Raising money, helping veterans and working for Woody’s Lodge has helped me to come to terms with the loss of Paul and realise his death wasn’t in vain.
I have recently given birth to my daughter, Sofia, who takes up a lot of my time! When I am not working or spending time with Sofia, I love walking, being with family and making memories.