BBC.‘As I come to the door usually I get “what are you?” It’s really not okay. I’m a paramedic first and foremost and I’m here to help.’Steph said since coming out she felt ‘enlightened’ and able to be her true self.

She added: ‘This is who I am and I’ve had to keep it hidden for such a long time.’Secamb, which covers Kent, Sussex and Surrey, has joined a national campaign to tackle the growing aggression and violence against ambulance staff.Steph, who celebrated two decades of being a paramedic in March, has become one of the local faces of the campaign.‘The majority of people we go to are so agreeable and appreciative of the help that the ambulance service brings,’ she added.‘It’s just that few minority that spoil it for everybody.

When I come away from these incidents, they do really hurt you deep down.’Across the country, there were 11,749 reports of ambulance staff being abused or attacked in 2021, a 35% increase on the previous year.