Major (Retd) Sally Orange joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1998 and served as a physiotherapist throughout her 22 year career, playing a pivotal role in the recovery and rehabilitation of many service personnel returning from conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
After being diagnosed with a mental health illness, Sally became actively involved in raising awareness of the challenges facing people in the Armed Forces as well as those in everyday society who live with mental health difficulties.
Passionate about fundraising, Sally has gone on to support several military charities by undertaking arduous endurance challenges. These include founding and leading the first ever all-female wounded, injured and sick team to complete the Race Across America, the World’s toughest cycle race, as well as the Arch to Arc triathlon, which involved running from Marble Arch to Dover, swimming the English Chanel and then cycling from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe.
She has also completed the gruelling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert and will soon run her 50th marathon, 3 of which have gained her Guinness World Records. Sally has spent most of her life committed to helping others become the best version of themselves, through volunteering. Her most recent project involved organising a sports day for children in Uganda (photo above).
In January 2020, Sally and fellow Ambassador Jordan Wylie completed the Siberian Ice Race in Russia. They will also both be heading to The Yukon and Alaska later in the month, where they will run marathons in temperatures as low as -50 degrees.
“I feel incredibly honoured and privileged to have been asked to be the first female National Ambassador for the Army’s Cadets. To work with such an incredible youth organisation and help influence young people in such a positive manner is something that I strongly believe in. I am really looking forward to getting involved.”