Sally Orange MBE National Army Cadets Ambassador


National Army Cadet Ambassador

Sally Orange MBE is the epitome of accomplishment and resilience. She’s an inspirational expert speaker, a former British Army Major, multi-record-breaking endurance athlete, passionate mental health campaigner and charity fundraiser. Beyond her remarkable achievements, she embodies humility, warmth, and a genuine passion for uplifting others.

Sally inspires a wide range of organisations, leaders, and teams, from schools and charities to large corporates, translating her experience of resilience and mental health to the challenges that they may face, including the mounting financial and personal impact of the mental health crisis. She shares her own tried-and-tested strategies for coping in extreme environments in a way which makes them universally applicable to her audiences.

Resilience through endurance

Sally’s accomplishments as an endurance athlete are as diverse as they are impressive, and intent on pushing boundaries and staying current, there is always a new adventure in the pipeline. From completing the toughest footrace on earth – the Marathon Des Sables – to the toughest cycle race – the 3,000+ mile Race Across America – she has pushed the boundaries of mental and physical endurance, picking up 6 Guinness World Records and 4 Invictus Games medals along the way. She’s clocked up over 80 marathons, including the iconic World Marathon Challenge – 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, 8 full Ironman triathlons, running the length of Iceland, cycling the length of New Zealand and Britain 3 times, as well as swimming and rowing the English Channel. And she’s the only person to complete a marathon on every continent dressed as different pieces of fruit.

Compassion for others

Sally’s dedication to serving others through active service, charity fundraising and volunteering spans over 3 decades, during which she has raised over £800,000 for 50 charities. She served as a physiotherapist in the British Army for over 20 years, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan; she’s the first and only female ambassador for the Army Cadet Force, reflecting her passion for inspiring young people; she’s an ambassador for numerous charities, and she campaigned tirelessly through the pandemic in support of the NHS and mental health awareness.

Recognition and honours

Her compassion for others has earned her widespread recognition and countless awards, including the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham. In 2023, she was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to charity and mental health.

Media recognition and speaking engagements

Sally’s remarkable story has been featured in a wide array of international media outlets, including BBC Breakfast, GB News, The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Independent, New York Post and talkSPORT. A sought-after speaker, Sally captivates her audience with her inspirational, yet modest, candid, and humorous accounts of her experiences in the British Army and volunteering, and the mental health and resilience lessons she shares. She has spoken for diverse audiences and organisations, from charities and schools to large corporates, and in the most prestigious venues, including Buckingham Palace.

Personal journey and approach

Behind Sally’s incredible achievements lies a deeply personal journey marked by resilience and vulnerability. Her own experience of severe chronic depression and anxiety make her uniquely placed to share her resilience and mental health learnings. She brings her authentic self to the stage, standing out in her signature slice-of-orange outfit which immediately draws a smile from her audience and invites a sensitive conversation around mental ill health. Her warm, humorous, and heartfelt accounts leave a lasting impact on all who have the privilege of hearing her speak.

  • Sally Orange MBE speaking with cadets

    Sally Orange MBE speaking with cadets

  • Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph

    Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph

  • Sally Orange Walking Home for Christmas

    Sally at Walking Home for Christmas event

  • Remembrance Sunday with Army Cadets

    Remembrance Sunday with Army Cadets

  • Sally Orange reading the Army Cadets magazine

    Sally Orange reading the Army Cadets magazine

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