Acts of kindness in the snow: Britons rally to icy cause

Jan 21, 2013

Volunteers help take doctors to hospital and a bride to church as country lies under snow

Daniel Mihailescu

A woman shovels snow from the entrance of her house in the village of Glodeanu Silistea, Romania. Officials say the country might halt electricity exports and limit supplies to industry in a bid to meet rising household demand due to freezing temperatures.

BRITAIN’S big freeze has caused nearly 5,000 schools to close today and much of our public transport to grind to a halt – but the wintry weather has brought out the best in some people. Across the country volunteers have cleared driveways and helped one another get around. Here’s how: 
Birmingham: The city’s Heartlands Hospital said it was "overwhelmed" when more than 80 4x4 drivers came forward to help staff travel through the snow after an appeal to the public for help yesterday, the BBC reports.
London: Housing charity St Mungo’s told The Week it had received more than 300 emails from concerned members of the public after a message about how to help someone sleeping rough during the freezing weather went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

Bath: Red Cross staff helped transport hospital doctors to work and take district nurses to visit patients in remote areas around Bath, according to Janet Rowse, chief executive of the social enterprise Sirona Care and Health. She told This is Bath how one nurse had to complete their journey on foot and another was rescued by the AA after their car broke down.
Swindon: The acts of kindness began last week when bride Carly Smith was transported to her big day by a volunteer with a four-wheel drive, ITV News reports. The newlywed, who later left church in her husband’s milk float, said it was good to know there were still  “amazing people” around.
Although the sun came out in some areas today and there were hints of a thaw, cold conditions prevail. School closures, traffic problems, airport disruption and train cancellations were likely to continue through the week. Scotland and the North East will be the worst-hit areas, with temperatures expected to fall to –7C. Up to 10 inches of snow is predicted to fall.

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