Taking home the crown as the Defence Discount Service Inspirational Woman of the Year 2022, is retired Army Major and physiotherapist, Sally Orange.
Sally was nominated for her extensive charity work and her commitment to championing the importance of mental wellness both in her retirement and during her 22 years of service. Over a 30-year period, she has volunteered and fundraised for over 40 different charities, including WWTW, raising over half a million pounds in donations.
Despite battling with her own mental health illness, the 47-year-old has made it her life’s work to help others and is passionate about changing the conversation on mental ill-health through speaking candidly about her own experiences, and the benefits of participating in sports and physical challenges have had on her ongoing recovery.
Not content with running a marathon on every continent (while dressed as different pieces of fruit!), and 70 marathons in total, Sally has completed some of the world’s toughest endurance events, including cycling the length of New Zealand and the infamous Marathon des Sables, known as the toughest foot race on earth.
Alongside this, Sally has also recently been awarded The British Citizens Award for volunteering and charitable giving, at the Palace of Westminster