Local volunteers brave the snow
Local volunteer group Nottinghamshire 4x4 Response are taking to the snow-filled streets again to help their local communities after a busy weekend.
The wheels of Meals on Wheels are knobbly offroad tires today, as a local group of 4x4 enthusiasts are stepping forward to ensure essential services keep running in the snow. The group have been helping careworkers make visits all weekend and today will be making deliveries for the Meals at Home service in the Mansfield and Newark area. They have had 10 4x4's out on calls over the weekend and have remained on call throughout the night for emergencies.
Part of a growing national network of 4x4 groups, Nottinghamshire 4x4 Response have around 15 trained responders and several other members acting in support capacities, such as controllers, organising call outs as they come through from the council. They are registered members of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum and are fully insured whilst working on behalf of the local councils. Experienced and trained offroad drivers, their members include retirees, business owners, council employees, a surveyor and an accountant.
Donating their time and the use of their vehicles, the responders carry a wide variety of equipment, making them capable of getting through almost any conditions on the roads. Group member Lin Coxall of Ravenshead, also a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, emphasised road safety in the current conditions as he headed out to Rainworth to deliver Meals at Home: "We train year round for the possibility of deploying in any weather. Most ordinary vehicles just cannot get through the snow we have seen this weekend in safety, but our members are relishing the opportunity to get out and help keep local services running."
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Group President James Brown added: "Our Members are so pleased that they can help the community in times like these, especially with the use of 4x4 vehicles which often get a bad press. The feedback that we have been getting from the Care Workers and service providers has been great, it's even better when you see the appreciation from the elderly and in need when we get their Nurse, care worker or meal to them. If you would like more information about Nottinghamshire 4X4 response please email email@example.com or visit our website www.notts4x4response.org. We also have a facebook page were you can find us by searching Notts4x4response. I would like to thank all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the challenging last few days."