EEAST family star on CBBC

Paul Mounsey, husband and son Theo at the BBC

Medical Emergency Dispatcher, Paul Mounsey, shares the journey of his same sex family and their recent claim to fame:

I would like to share my story with you. Firstly about our same sex family, but also about the exciting things we have been doing with the BBC's “CBeebies" programme, in terms of promoting diversity within families. I hope you find it inspirational. 

Myself and my husband were married in 2012 and ever since getting married, having children was our natural next step; to “have a family of our own”. Our son, Theo, was born via surrogacy in 2016. EEAST has been with us every step of the way. I joined the Trust when our son was only six weeks old. People thought I was mad changing jobs when we had a new born baby, but myself and my husband knew it was the right thing to do! 

Working within Chelmsford AOC gives me, and my family, the opportunity to enjoy every moment together. We live in Chelmsford, so working in my home city just felt logical, as I'm only down the road if my family needs me. 

Over the last three years, Chelmsford AOC have been the best support; embracing my family set up and enjoying our journey as dads. My shift team definitely know all about my ups and downs of being a new dad.

"Theo is very proud of his dad working for the ambulance service and often wears my uniform shirt, pretending to be a “ambulance person”, in his words." 

Our journey continued...

More recently in July just gone, myself and my family were filmed to be part of the CBBC “CBeebies” campaign. This campaign will promote diversity in the UK and show all the different types of families we are so lucky to have in this country. It is due to be aired on TV, radio and online in October. 

We were filmed as their only same sex family - we were "honored". We were also lucky to feature with some celebrity families, who are well known within the TV and social media worlds; in particular, Made in Chelsea star "Spencer Matthew" and model "Vogue Williams".

"I am really proud to work for EEAST and feel privileged for all the support Chelmsford give my little family - they love the fact that we are two daddies!"

I also hope we can help to educate others about all different types of families. I love being asked lots of questions, and to be honest, I love to talk all about my family - I am a very very proud dad.

If anybody else within EEAST is thinking about embarking on a journey of having a same sex family, I would say; “go for it”. It will have its challenges along the way, but in the end it’s all worth it. 

Paul 

Paul Mounsey
Medical Emergency Dispatcher

Published 6th September 2019

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