This is a snapshot of England across 24 hours.
Photographs will be added through the day, telling stories of people going about their lives.
04:17 – Richard Parker
Richard Parker is a third-generation milkman from Long Eaton in Derbyshire. Despite having to leave home at either 23:40 or 01:00, the 42-year-old loves his job and said it’s “fantastic to see the sun rise every day”.
He’s often called upon to help elderly customers help carry things, change light bulbs, and even set up Skype calls. “I really do like that side of the job,” he said. “You get that sense of being part of the community.” He said he has two sleeps – a few hours at about 09:00 and then a couple more before he starts work.
03:34 – Sarah Herbert
Sarah Herbert, 38, has been a resource deployment officer at Devon and Cornwall Police’s control room for 17 years.
“Every day is different, you never know what’s going to come in and you leave with the feeling that you’ve helped someone positively.”
She is also trained to speak to suicidal people.
“We’ve had a lot of trees down tonight, we’ve had a couple of people in mental health crises, and a break-in – it’s been a steady night so far.”
02:00 – Lauren Sullivan
Teenager Lauren Sullivan started working in a bar as a Saturday job but enjoyed it so much she decided to take it up full time. “You get paid to go out,” she said. “It’s just like having your own family at work.”
The 19-year-old works late shifts at the Actress and Bishop bar in Birmingham, which is open until the early hours. At weekends she works till 05:30 and then works out. “I go to the gym because it helps me get to sleep. Everyone thinks I’m a bit insane.”
01:14 – Shameer Madarbakus
Taxi driver and part-time actor Shameer Madarbakus from Alvaston works for Derby firm Albatross Cars. The 39-year-old prefers working during the day because night shifts can mean dealing with drunken customers. “You have to do your best in difficult situations,” he said.
However, he loves chatting with friendly passengers: “You meet people from all walks of life. You experience all sorts of situations, some good some bad”.
Shameer has appeared in Casualty and Eastenders and likes the flexibility of the job as it helps with his acting work and means he’s able to spend time with his 17-month-old son.
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