SALISBURY'S SNOW HEROES: "It's been a humbling experience"

SALISBURY'S SNOW HEROES: "It's been a humbling experience"

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 10:21am 3rd March 2018. (Updated at 9:14am 5th March 2018)

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THANK YOU! Respect & gratitude for the snow plough drivers, farmers with tractors, 4x4 enthusiasts, and gritters.

It's been a difficult, frightening, exciting and somehow strange 48-hours across Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Even though the Met Office gave us ample warning that snow was on the way, and we should have been prepared, when the flakes came down thick and fast on Thursday afternoon (1st March) in typical British style it still caught us out.

It was at this point when our other great British quality kicked in. Community spirit.

SNOW ON SNOW:

Salisbury District Hospital had over 100 calls on Friday (2nd March) with offers of help from 4x4 owners and drivers. An army of drivers worked incredibly hard ferrying nurses and staff to and from from the hospital after it was cut off to regular traffic and buses, and even ambulances at time, due to the heavy snow on Odstock Road. Some hospital staff were forced to sleep over at the hospital because they had no way of getting home.

Snow being cleared from Salisbury District Hospital entrance (Mike Draper) weather met office

Thanks to these guys. The service road up to the main entrance of the hospital also had to be cleared.

SNOW JOKE - CALL THE MIDWIFE:

Wessex 4x4 - volunteer driver Chris Bishop at Salisbury District Hospital (Mike Draper)

Chris Bishop from Wessex 4x4 Response was one of the army of 'hero' drivers who turned out in appalling weather and driving conditions to help.

Huge THUMBS-UP to these two guys.. you've made an impression on Sue Crocombe...

4x4's WERE A LIFELINE:

Laura from Bishopdown Farm works in the maternity department at the hospital, and if it wasn't for the volunteer 4x4 drivers she would never had made it through the snow on Friday morning. She spoke to Spire FM's Mike Draper as she arrived for work:

ANOTHER SNOW HERO:

Paul Freeman from Laverstock also freely gave his time, fuel and use of his 4x4 to help with the effort...

 

FANTASTIC EFFORT: STEADY STREAM OF 4x4's FLOWED UP & DOWN ODSTOCK ROAD...

4x4 drivers heading through the snow to Salisbury District Hospital - Mike Draper Spire FM

Bosses at the Salisbury NHS hospital trust have described the efforts displayed by the 4x4 drivers as 'humbling':

The Hospital's Chief Executive, Cara Charles-Barks also took to social media to express her heartfelt thanks:

LISTEN TO MORE:

The Hospital has been bowled-over by the phenomenal response from the public. And as the nurses and doctors get back in the thick of it again, the Hospital's Chief Executive, Cara Charles-Barks devoted a few minutes on Saturday morning to speak to Spire FM's Pat Sissons (click play)...

ALL HANDS ON DECK:

The hospital's Director of Nursing and Midwifery Lorna Wilkinson tweeted pictures from the communications hub:

The hospital relied on the volunteers who cleared roads, paths, and gave up their time and fuel to keep the hospital 'ticking'. If it hadn't been for them, where would we be? The effort began on Thursday night (1st March) and has continued right through to Saturday morning (3rd March).

THE HEROES - HIGH FIVE THE 4x4's:

Simon Dennis, one of the volunteers, posted pictures & details on Twitter of some of the snowy journeys he did for the hospital. Fantastic photos!

And in this photo, from Kayleigh Mooney on Facebook, you can see a line up of some of the volunteers helping out at SDH.

Some of the volunteers at Salisbury district hospital - weather. snow. Met Office

OUT IN THE COLD - SHOVELING & CLEARING:

Colin Newbury sent us this photo - guys from the Council doing a grand job in Amesbury...

Council workers clearing snow from paths in Amesbury (Colin Newbury DM via Facebook) snow weather met office

And we mustn't forget the dedication of all our Emergency Services...

VIDEOS - WATCH:

This footage was Tweeted by Scott Bateman, who's Head of Specials at Wiltshire Police,,,

If you've never seen a snow blower in operation... you'll love this video sent to Spire FM by Damian Kyc. It shows the poor conditions and snow on the A345 between Amesbury and Salisbury this morning (Sat 3rd March):

Tasha Manchester sent us these photos of her Mum Debbie Lumber and her husband Paul out in the snow in a tractor visiting elderly and disabled clients for Cathedral Gate Homecare.  Nothing stops us" says Tasha!

Snow 2018 - Tractors in the snow (Tasha Manchester)

Snow 2018 - Tractors in the snow 2 (Tasha Manchester)

THANKS TO HAMPSHIRE's FARMERS:

In Hampshire, the Leader of the County Council, Roy Perry has praised the county’s farming community for diverting their farmers and tractors to work alongside Hampshire Highways, keeping priority roads clear of snow.

Snow 2018 - Cllr Roy Perry with farmer March 2018 (Hampshire County Council)

Cllr Roy Perry (left) with Hampshire farmer Steve Peacey (right)

Roy Perry told Spire FM:

"We are extremely indebted to our own workforce, our contractors, as well as our farmers and volunteers. Hampshire is truly a great community."

“The 100 plus strong volunteer farmer workforce has demonstrably boosted the resources that we have been able to deploy on the main routes of Hampshire to keep them clear and passable during the spell of heavy snowfall."

“Like our highways staff and partners, these farmers have been working round the clock since the onset of this period of adverse weather. It is thanks to their efforts, working in conjunction with highways crews, that we have been able to keep the entire main road network and priority routes to hospitals and other essential services open.”

COMMUNITIES PULL TOGETHER:

Cllr Perry added by saying:

“We have placed stocked community salt bins in thousands of residential streets, near schools, as well as town and village areas. These are ready for people to help the collective effort to keep public footpaths free of ice and snow. Only a small amount of salt is needed for a fairly large area."

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