Sarah was born and grew up in Stirlingshire, Scotland where she attended primary and prep schools before boarding at St. Anne’s Windermere. She spent a gap year as an `au pair’ in Germany and then decided to join the Army. She was commissioned into the Womens Royal Army Corps in and left in order to get married. There followed years travelling the World as an army wife, including tours in Hong King, Cyprus and Germany while harnessing her interest as a Case Worker for both SSAFA and Age Concern. When her first marriage ended in 1993, Sarah moved to Shaftesbury and became a “Carer in the Community” looking after people in their own homes. She re-married in 1996.
Sarah then undertook training at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit in Salisbury learning lifting and handling techniques. Many of her clients were wheelchair bound due to spinal injury, stroke, MS or dementia. She worked for ‘Family Support’, covering South West Wilts and North Dorset, which then became part of ‘The Leonard Cheshire Foundation’. In total she was a carer for 21 years before retiring in 2014.
In 2013, Sarah and her husband Christopher Cann, a self-employed businessman in Dorset, became Volunteers with the INSPIRE Foundation and have supported all possible activities and events over the years. Sarah was on the board of INSPIRE Trustees for 5 years and is now delighted to become a Patron.