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Snow response continues amidst travel chaos

20 December 2010

A Land Rover in the snowAs another wave of snow and sub-zero temperatures hit the UK this weekend, British Red Cross volunteers were out in force to help the most vulnerable.

Teams of emergency response volunteers across the UK, equipped with 4x4 vehicles, were on call to assist ambulance services and the NHS by transporting people to and from hospital and delivering essential medicines. From Northern Ireland to Surrey, they also helped many district nurses on their rounds.

At Bangor Hospital, Wales, teams transported four renal patients who needed essential dialysis and also helped free up 12 beds by taking discharged patients home. They also used a specially donated Land Rover to help with several urgent calls including towing an ambulance that was stuck in the snow.

Travel chaos

Hundreds of people had their Christmas travel plans disrupted by the weather and were left stranded at stations and airports across the UK. On Saturday, a team was called to help passengers at Glasgow Airport.

Jamie Jamieson, senior service manager for West Central and South West Scotland, said: "We were called out to Glasgow airport at 8pm on Saturday night. There were hundreds of people in the terminal buildings affected by diverted flights. Our team checked to see how passengers were doing, responded to a few minor first aid incidents, and gave out blankets and pillows. We hope our presence made their wait that little bit more comfortable."

Today, a team of volunteers has been called out to help over 500 people stranded outside Kings Cross station in London.

Braced for more to come

As the bad weather looks set to continue throughout the week, British Red Cross teams are prepared for a busy time over the Christmas period. The organisation has released £21,000 from its Disaster Fund to help with the response.

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