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Generous acts ‘don’t go unnoticed’ as volunteers go the extra mile in the snow

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 March 2018

Good Samaritans who helped in the snow. Pictures: Notaro Care/Weston Hospicecare/Lydia Smith/Brett Bolton.

Good Samaritans who helped in the snow. Pictures: Notaro Care/Weston Hospicecare/Lydia Smith/Brett Bolton.

Notaro Care/Weston Hospicecare/Lydia Smith/Brett Bolton

Good Samaritans were in abundance as Weston and the surrounding villages tackled strong winds and heavy snow.

People enjoying sledding fun in Ashcombe Park. People enjoying sledding fun in Ashcombe Park.

Much of the county was cut off after Storm Emma and the Beast From The East touched down on Thursday afternoon but locals came out in their 4x4s to help get medical staff and emergency service employees to work.

Notaro Homecare director Sabato Notaro collected stranded workers in his 4x4 to take them to patients in the blizzard conditions while other nurses and doctors hiked miles to help their patients.

Lydia Smith sung her father’s praises after he took it upon himself to help people on Friday.

She described her dad, Kevin, as a ‘hero’ after he braved the below-zero degrees temperatures to transport people to and from Weston General Hospital.

First evening of the snow, around Royal Sands. Picture: Terry Kelly First evening of the snow, around Royal Sands. Picture: Terry Kelly

She added: “I am so proud of him. He is so selfless and always wants to help others.”

The owners of AutoBliss Garage, in Coronation Road, shut up shop for the day and travelled as far as Bristol to help people in the snow.

Co-owner Adam Reeves said: “We had all stopped on our way into work to push people’s cars and just decided we should help.

“We put a post up on Facebook and were quickly inundated with comments and phone calls from people needing help.”

The snow comes to town. Picture: Terry Kelly The snow comes to town. Picture: Terry Kelly

Adam, co-owner Stuart Bliss and their team used three 4x4s to take doctors and medical staff to and from the hospital, emergency home care nurses to their patients’ homes and even travelled up to Bristol Airport to help a man who had been stranded at the airport for two days.

Vital care services at Weston Hospicecare were able to remain fully functional thanks to a team of volunteer 4x4 drivers from Burnham.

They were also helped by Burnham’s Area Rescue Boat (BARB) who took to nurses to and from work.

Thanks to BARB, the seven patients currently onsite at the hospice’s inpatient unit continued to receive round-the-clock care.

While Danni Howard, an unwell patient at Weston’s hospital, spent her day arranging transport home for members of staff.

A staff member said they were ‘very grateful’ and her kindness has ‘not gone unnoticed’.

Danni’s mum, Debbie Adams, said she was ‘incredibly proud’ of her daughter who is now recovering at home.

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