SHE sings, she shoots, and she can set up an entire army base camp singlehandedly while under f ire.
So it’s little wonder that Lauren McPherson has been voted one of Scotland’s most inspirational women.
Lauren, from Ayr, joined the army six years ago when she was 18. And since then she has completed five tours of Afghanistan and beenpromoted to corporal.
Lauren, 24, will also shortly leave on a six-month tour in theFalklands.
The former Kyle Academy explained: “Being in the army is something I’ve always wanted to do. I always wanted to do something different.” And shecertainly got her wish.
Lauren is now aninformation technician with the Royal Signals, 10thRegiment, based at Colerne near Bath.
She said: “Basically it means I go to all the new bases and connect up their comms, computers and phones so they can contact Camp Bastion.
“It’s a very hands on, dirty job. I’m actually the onlyfemale in my regiment.
“On my first ever tour inAfghanistan I was in a base with all the guys that had no beds, no tents, no washing facilities and no communications.
“I set the whole thing up by myself, and we wereunder pretty intense fire a lot.But I just get stuck in.”
Lauren’s bravery earned her two commendations from the Army.
And her proud mum, Lynda, entered her into the Scotland’s Most Inspirational Women contest run by No1 magazine.
Lauren didn’t even know she was entered until she started progressing to the final stages.
She said: “When I got down to the final 200 she thought she’d better tell me. Then I was in the final 10.”
In August, Lauren was told that she had won.
And the title of Scotland’s Most Inspirational Woman came with a lovely £10,000 worth of pampering prizes, including spray tans, £500 to spend in Buchanan Galleries, hair extensions, manicures and teeth whitening.
Now Lauren, a keen singer, is looking into recording a charity single to raise cash for Hollybush House, Combat Stress’s Ayrshire base.
She has won a number of singing contests, once scooping a £2000 prize.
Lauren said: “I’ve organised quite a few things in the past for charity, half marathons and the like, so I just thought it might be something else to do for a forces charity.
“I know it is so expensive though and I have no idea where to start.”
Anyone who can help Lauren in her dream to record a charity single is asked to email her mum Lynda on email@example.com