She’s tipped to win this year's show, but Sam Bailey isn’t about to quit her job just yet
Dealing with suicidal inmates was just part of her daily job as prison officer at Gartree Prison in Leicester.
I never thought I’d be able to cope with people who are suicidal,’ Sam, 36, exclusively tells Now.
But I managed to help them and it’s the most rewarding and liberating thing in the world.
If anyone’s upset, I want to help. Yes, some of the inmates are in prison for horrific crimes, but I’m there to do a job.
‘I’m there to make them better people.
But it’s not like you can just say: “Come on, let’s go to Maccie Ds, that’ll cheer you up!”
‘You have to go about it in a different way and it’s hard.’
It’s not a job many of us would be able to do – and even Sam admits that she struggles: You have to be pretty thick skinned.
‘I’m a bit of a wuss – but as soon as I put the uniform on I become a different person.
‘I feel really assertive.’
Remarkably, even though she’s now on the brink of stardom, Sam insists she won’t turn her back
on those she’s helped.
I’m on a career break at the prison service,’ she says, ‘I haven’t resigned.’
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