'That's what neighbours are for' - determined farmers save the day at care home stranded by snow
PUBLISHED: 16:48 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:35 02 March 2018
A pair of intrepid farmers came to a care home's aid after a huge build up of snow left them unable to receive crucial deliveries of medication.
Residents and staff at Lound Hall found themselves stranded yesterday after more than 48 hours of torrential snowfall and sub-zero temperatures brought about by the Beast from the East.
The bitter conditions left the driveway in a treacherous state, meaning vehicles transporting important medication for the residents were unable to reach the home managed by KRG Healthcare.
With county council employees and the emergency services already waylaid with countless tasks across the region, quick-thinking staff members got in touch with two local farmers, who soon arrived in their diggers at the bottom of the drive.
The farmers, Sam Perks and D.J Jermy - both from Blundeston - then set about clearing the snow from the driveway in order to get it back into use as soon as possible.
Vinay Patel, managing director at KRG Healthcare, said: “Lound Hall has a really long driveway and it was covered in snow that almost came up to our knees - we’d never seen anything like it! Nobody could get to us because the conditions were so dangerous.
“We tried the obvious solutions and contacted the council and emergency services, but things were so busy that they couldn’t help. Everything we do is dependent on access, so at this point I didn’t know what we were going to do and my blood pressure was rapidly rising!”
However, the determined farmers weren’t about to let the white stuff stop them, and it wasn’t long before enough snow had been cleared for more members of staff to get to work.
Their effort also paved the way for the delivery of crucial medical supplies over the coming days.
“We were so grateful to the farmers, but they just said ‘that’s what neighbours are for’, added Mr Patel. “With all the chaos going on in the world, there are still plenty of good people out there.”
“We’d love to welcome them back at some stage to thank them again.”