Lincolnshire's Snow Heroes Recognised at Awards Ceremony
During the severe wintery weather earlier this year there were countless tales of Lincolnshire people going over and above to help others in need.
As the response from emergency services organisations unfolded, so too did the heart-warming tales of assistance from across the county.
Members of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF), which is a multi-agency group that works together in the event of such emergency situations, were touched by some of the stories about and support from members of the public, particularly local people and businesses.
In March, Lincolnshire Police asked members of the public to nominate their Snow Heroes and have tonight recognised and honoured them at an awards ceremony.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones, who attended the awards ceremony said: “The people of Lincolnshire have a rich tradition of supporting each other and their communities in times of need. Some of the stories of commitment and dedication to helping others are truly remarkable.
“I am hugely proud of the way the whole county and its emergency services came together to protect the vulnerable and help the stranded.
“These, and many, many others not honoured at the awards, deserve our thanks, our respect and our admiration and I thank them all.”
Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly, chair of the LRF, said: “We received so many nominations for each of these awards and it’s been nothing short of a nearly impossible task deciding who the awards should go to because each of the nominees were so deserving.
“Tonight has been a chance to say thank you and to let people know that we are incredibly grateful for their help and support during what was a very unusual and extreme situation and, not only that, to celebrate the wonderful people who make us proud to live in Lincolnshire.”
At the awards ceremony at Hemswell Court tonight, awards were presented in six categories.
Winners and runners-up are as follows:
Non-emergency services individual
Pauline is a senior carer with Walnut Care and was unable to reach her patients by car. She walked four miles through blizzards to make sure her elderly and vulnerable patients were cared for.
Lisa is a support worker for Royal Mencap Society. A colleague had become stuck in snow trying to get to a rural patient, so Lisa walked to the colleague’s location to try to dig out the car. When she realised this wasn’t possible she then walked more than a mile, over fields and ditches, to reach the patient’s home.
Darren came to the aid of 20 motorists who had become stuck in the snow or were having difficulty because of the wintery weather and spent several nights rescuing people in the snow from rural locations.
He helped Lincolnshire Police searching for a vehicle and found it wedged in a ditch with people inside; the previous day helped a lady in Bramston who had fallen and broken her hip and escorted the lady and her husband to hospital after the ambulance was delayed because of road closures; and even helped a police car that had become stranded in the snow.
Darren, who is described as having a “heart of gold”, is a volunteer with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Preservation Support Service.
Non-emergency services group
Walnut Care at Home
All staff at Walnut Care abandoned days off and normal working patterns covering from 6:30am to midnight, offering advice, walked to people’s homes, booked, kept all staff motivated, and madesure all staff were home safely.
One man highly commended Walnut Care highly for still tending to his elderly wife, describing how they did not miss a visit, battled the 10 miles from Grantham to Caythorpe through snow and ice on six occasions and delivered the same high level of care and comfort
Evergreen Care Trust
Staff braved snow drifts and bitterly cold temperatures to walk to members who were elderly and vulnerable to ensure all was well. The team visited members, walked to shops and pharmacies, GP surgeries etc in Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping. They walked miles each day, finishing late in the evening. Evergreen Care Trust is a small team and is a charity made up of personnel who are both staff and volunteers.
P3 Outreach Group
From 4am, across seven districts, the team supported and engaged with homeless people despite the severe weather and worked late into the night. They continued to provide vital support throughout, working in partnership with Police, local authorities and other agencies. They understand the often complex reasons why someone becomes homeless and use a flexible, patient and empathetic approach to enable the person to overcome barriers and find a lasting route away from homelessness.
Member of the public individual
Linda is a local neighbourhood watch who liaises with police services. During the bad weather she kept all her neighbours up-to-date on weather forecasts and road conditions. She went out of her way to make sure any elderly residents in her community has what they needed and got provisions to them if they were in need.
Peter, described as a “real gem”, rescued people from the snow, escorted ambulances and people to work, and cleared the roads. Those who know him said “nothing was too much trouble for him”, and “he didn't have to help but offered anyway.”
Lloyd rescued a number of people, including a woman in labour and her mother who was in a car behind who were stuck in snow drifts. He cleared the road prior to ambulance arrival and continued to shovel snow and managed to clear enough so the ambulance could move. Lloyd escorted the ambulance to Pilgrim hospital and shovelled snow along the way each time they came across a snow drift, which eventually helped along the safe arrival of a baby girl. He gave endless help to members of the public, was out from 7am in the morning on the first day of snow and for the next two days, and was described as a “lovely young man”.
Member of the public group
TH Clements dispatched teams of tractors, teleporters and snow ploughs in -4 temperatures and 45mph winds to help clear county roads from 3am to late afternoon. Members of the team cleared most of the A52 from Butterwick to Wainfleet, A17 Hoffleet Stow to Swineshead roundabout, and even rescued a stuck police car near Frieston.
Westpoint Farm Vets
The team went out to all emergency vet cases in the Louth and surrounding area. They kept farmers notified as to weather conditions and battled snow drifts and blizzards to tend to sick animals. They walked across the Wolds to get medication when it was needed and even performed an emergency caesarean in appalling conditions.
Makayla and Karly Dimaio
Instead of taking advantage of the snow conditions to get out and play, Makayla and Karly, aged nine and eight, visited elderly neighbours to check if they were okay and ask if they needed anything from the local shops. Even if those they visited didn't need any items picking up there said they were grateful for the visit anyway. The two girls also volunteered to help the emergency essentials team (Council) to deliver to vulnerable local people who may have needed assistance.
Emergency services individual
Becky, a nurse at Lincoln County Hospital, went over and above to help people in need and worked on her days off to cover A&E when they were short staffed. She made her way through the severe weather, covered in departments where she is not usually based, and helped others get into the hospital because she knew the hospital would be short staffed.
Kerry is a 999 call taker in Lincolnshire Police’s Force Control Room. She walked to work in blizzard conditions and worked two days instead of having the time off she had planned. There was no requirement for her to go into work but recognising that many of he colleagues would not be able to get there, she worked 12 hour shifts.
Rebecca is a nurse at Pilgrim Hospital and during the bad weather her team were short-staffed because many nurses were unable to get to work. Rebecca stayed long hours, cancelled her annual leave, and worked extra days to help her team and patients; the ward ran with two nurses where it should have been seven.
Emergency services group
A woman who was in labour and on her way to hospital with her partner became stuck on the A1, where they were stationary three hours. Lucy in Ambulance Control managed to get the ambulance to Sarah with the assistance of a gritter. The ambulance then became stuck in the snow at Stamford on the way to Peterborough hospital. The lady gave birth in the back of the ambulance to a baby boy and said of paramedics James and Phil: “They were incredible... so calm and kind... we will always be grateful to them for that evening.”