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Sarah Outen Awarded MBE

Sarah OutenFormer Stamford High School pupil and renowned solo ocean rower Sarah Outen has received an MBE for her charity work. The Independent reported that Sarah celebrated her inclusion in the honours list alone on a bumpy track in the Ukraine. Sarah, 26, had received a text message to call home urgently, to discover she had been awarded the MBE. Sarah, who was the youngest person and the first woman to row solo 4,000 miles across the Indian Ocean in 2009, was recognised for her sporting achievement and charity work.

She will not be able to collect her MBE in person at Buckingham Palace because she is on a two-year solo circumnavigation of the globe by kayak, rowing boat and bicycle. Speaking to The Independent whilst negotiating the heat of the Kazakhstan desert on her bike, Sarah said she felt "surprised and smiley" and would celebrate with a cold drink if she could find one. "I didn't stop grinning for days [after being told]," she said. "It was all rather emotional. It is pretty surreal. I still don't quite believe it."

The Oxford graduate has worked with disabled children, helped at a turtle sanctuary, raised funds to build a school in Ecuador, worked at a whale and dolphin trust and raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities. In 2009, she rowed across the Indian Ocean for 124 days, risking death when she capsized. She wrote a blog to educate schools about her trip and conservation work.

Sarah has been a regular visitor to the Stamford Endowed Schools, giving talks to parents and students on her inspirational epic adventures and charity endeavours. The Schools are very proud of her achievements and would like to congratulate her on her award.