"We then have a test at the end of the year to see whether we’ve learnt enough, which thankfully I passed. Then it’s your probationary period of 6 months, where they give you your pager and see how many call outs you turn up to, see how much training you do, how much fundraising you do. There are lots of different elements you have to be involved in to stay in the team, and I was getting into everything. I don’t want to go down the pub and drink, I want to enjoy the outdoors and help people. That’s the main thing.
"6 years down the line I’m still in the team, and every Wednesday I still get excited about going out in the evening. I think when I lose that that’s when I’ll leave the team. Because that’s very special, if you can look forward to going somewhere on a Wednesday evening when it’s piddling down with rain, that’s a special place. And callouts again, the adrenaline rush I get from that is unbelievable. I’ll be sitting having my Sunday dinner with Nan and Granch, and the pager or the phone will go off and I’ll be like: right, bang, knives and forks down, get the action gear on, off I go.
"Knowing that I’m going out to help someone is what makes it special. Recently we’ve been getting a lot more dementia patients and people in a lot of emotional distress, and I’ve had a lot of that in my family. It’s hard but being in the team has actually helped, because I’ve seen it now and I can understand why people do things.
"Dementia really gets to me because it’s elderly people, and I live with my Nan and Granch. They’re the two most special people in my life, I absolutely adore them. And knowing there’s an elderly person without their family out in the middle of nowhere in the cold and wet, that really gets to me. So, if I can go and help these people, that’s just so special. I remember we found this 80-year-old man in a gorge, freezing cold with hypothermia, if he’d stayed out the night he would’ve gone. Just to take that man back to his family was unbelievable. They were crying, they were over the moon. If I can do that, I’m a happy girl."