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Sally’s Story
23 Dec 2021

Prior to her life changing brain lesion and subsequent surgery in 2019, Sal had a working life embedded in public service. 

She was hugely active, playing hockey to a high standard and had parachuted, trekked, climbed, abseiled and canoed in various locations around the world. 

The lesion, known as a Cavernoma is pretty rare and Sal now manages a mobility impact affecting her right leg.  She moves more slowly but gets there!

Sal joined West Midlands’ Police as a 16-year-old cadet in 1981 and went on to serve with the force for 10 years. She got an urge to travel and applied for a commission in the Army and was selected for officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 

She spent most of her 16-year Army career with the Royal Military Police and was their first female Lieutenant Colonel. Sal enjoyed fun tours including Hong Kong, Canada and Belize, but she also had plenty of operational deployments including Bosnia, Kosovo and was the senior Military Police officer in Iraq in 2004. 

Whilst Sal left the Army in 2008 her achievements were recognised in 2012 when she was selected to carry the Olympic Torch through Fovant, famous for its military badges carved into the hillside. 

On leaving the Army Sal was the Registrar for Blandford Forum, the town she and her wife Frances settled in. They now live in Salisbury.

Sal’s recent adventures with Climbing Out have reinvigorated her zest for life and her ambition to work on regaining her fitness and developing her mobility to the absolute best it can possibly be and she now feels she has turned a corner and is finally getting herself back!

Sally