Inspiring Live Aid nurse to speak in Stafford

A NURSE who inspired Live Aid visits Staffordshire University next week as part of a public lecture series dedicated to inspirational women.

Dr Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE will be speaking at the Ruxton theatre, Stafford campus on Thursday November 25 at 5.30pm as part of the University’s Women who Inspire lecture series.

Claire, who was awarded the DBE in January for her services to Nursing and International Humanitarian Aid, will describe how she became a national icon after being interviewed by Michael Burke on BBC news, inspiring Bob Geldof to launch Band Aid and Live Aid.

Nowadays she successfully combines her roles as a nurse, field medic, international campaigner, author and the Director of Tropical Nursing Studies at the University of London.

After her talk, guests will have an opportunity to meet Claire who will also be signing copies of her biography ‘Moving Mountains , The remarkable adventures of a nurse on war’s front line.’

Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christine King CBE, said: “It is an honour to welcome Claire to Staffordshire University, to take part in the Women who Inspire lecture series and share her experiences as the ‘Live Aid’ nurse with us.”

“Successful societies and businesses flourish with a diversity of leadership styles.  In the current climate and in the context of today’s society, it is extremely important to celebrate these differences, and in particular, the positive impact that women have made.” 

“Dr Dame Claire Bertschinger is one such woman, who through her dedication in helping those who are truly in need, has inspired others to make a real difference to the world around them.

Places are free but are available on a first come first served basis and anyone wanting to attend should contact events manager Julie Smith on 01785 353577 or email

Previous speakers in the series have included Staffordshire Police Race Relations officer Loleita Higgins MBE and Staffordshire University graduate Charis Jones who juggles family life with work as an artist blacksmith.


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