More heroic stories emerge from Salisbury snow

Snow 2018 odstock rd clearing

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:44am 5th March 2018. (Updated at 7:56am 5th March 2018)

Volunteers from Serve On help woman in labour make her way safely to Salisbury District Hospital.

As the snow quickly disappears from south Wiltshire more stories of volunteers helping people in trouble have emerged.

Volunteers from the charity Serve On came to the aid of pregnant woman in labour as she struggled to make her way to Salisbury District Hospital.

The team pushed her car, which was struggling to make it through the dreadful conditions, enabling her to make it to the maternity department in time.

Salisbury hospital in Snow 2nd March 2018

A dozen volunteers worked tirelessly from Thursday evening (1st March) to Saturday evening (3rd March) clearing roads, freeing trapped motorists and ferrying District and Community Nurses to remote patients in need of vital medication.

Serve On worked alongside other groups including fellow search and rescue charity Team Rubicon, Support2Ops, radio communications charity Raynet and the Army to transport 18 nurses in nine 4x4's.

Together they reached more than 50 patients across Wiltshire.

Nurse Harriet Fletcher was grateful for the help she had from Serve On volunteers Dan and Dave to get through the snow to her patients:

"I would like to say a massive ‘thank-you' to these two lovely gentleman who helped the community nurses in the snow today."

“These guys were at the upmost of professionalism and passionate about their work and I am truly grateful. True heroes. Many thanks."

Serve On Nurse Harriet Fletcher with Serve On volunteers - snow - salisbury district hospital

Nurse Harriet Mckenzie who was also helped  by Serve On volunteers Dan and Dave

The adverse weather conditions also resulted in a power cut a Serve On's operations room on Ashley Road in Salisbury and with no heating or lighting the team had to turn to a generator.

Serve On volunteers also helped clear the car park at Salisbury District Hospital, a task which was gratefully received by hospital bosses.

A member of the public in the hospital witnessed the deed and was impressed:

“I was watching this from the window of Amesbury Suite whilst visiting. Total respect for this!”

Initial figures show that Serve On contributed more than 550 hours during the snow and freeing conditions.

Operations Director Dan Cooke said helping is what the team are there to do:

“We are all about being adaptable and what we achieved is testament to volunteers getting out there and making it happen.

“As I tried to explain to the amazing nurses we were helping, the cold late nights, the early starts and the personal sacrifice are all done with pleasure, especially when we get the chance to assist such great people.”

There's more information on SERVE ON here.

Serve On were just one element in a huge community spirit across our city and beyond.

You can read more on Salisbury's snow heroes here.

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