Mum of two Sammi Perry, aged 30, is from Middlesbrough and based in Coulby Newham. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking, and taking photographs. She hopes to become a paramedic one day.
She’s also running the Great North Run this year for Breast Cancer Now alongside her best friend Lois, who she appeared in the show with, in honour of their friend and colleague Abbie. You can make a donation here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Loisadele
Q. What attracted you to the job?
A. I joined the service because I genuinely enjoy helping people, helping others helps me.
Q. What brings you to work?
A. Making a difference. It’s a privilege to me to be able to make a positive impact on someone's life. I love meeting new people, listening to their life stories; helping and supporting people makes me feel good. Every day is a school day for me.
Q. What skills do you think people need to be able to do your job?
A. Communication skills with a positive attitude. You also need to be easily adaptable to personality and surroundings.
Q. It can be a traumatic job at times, how do you look after yourself?
A. With medication and counselling
Q. What has it been like working through the pandemic?
A. Mentally, physically and emotionally draining.
Q. How do you feel about being part of the BBC Ambulance show?
A. I feel lucky enough to be able to get the message out to the public that there is help and support out there and that we as ambulance staff have used and have access to these facilities that we offer and can put that in place for patients. People think we just deal with life threatening jobs but in reality, most jobs are social cases and we also have a lot of experience in handling these situations.
Q. What impact do you hope the series will have in the North East?
I hope it will encourage people to treat us with more respect and understand we are still people, just like them, trying to do a job.