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Taz

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I am the proud owner of a gas guzzling 4x4. It's a Land Rover Discovery and I love it.
During the bad snowy period that we had last year, I joined a volunteer group called 4X4 Response. Basically, we get called on, as a group, to help out. The people we help are important members of medical teams , fire service personnel and Doctors and nurses. We also help with meals on wheels and quite a few other services!
I was asked to help out in Lincoln this weekend and I wrote a piece for my groups (Northants 4X4 Response) website and I thought you may be slightly interested.

So here it is.......

First of all, I'd like to thank the guy's who made it up to Lincolnshire to help out in the snow and ice. Well done to you all. Sue Ryder have expressed their thanks to all the responders that helped their carers.

As you all know I left home at around 13.00hrs on Friday and received my instructions en-route. I collected Sue, my first carer at about 15.00hrs and drove her to the north of the county towards "The Wolds" (that's the lumpy bit of the county apparently!) All the patients we visited lived in the outlying villages and the snow was causing havoc to the driving conditions. 25 miles an hour was about the fastest we went all night. I eventually got her home at about midnight.
I had been told that my accommodation would be on someones floor, sharing that space with Robin, a responder from somewhere in Gloucestershire!
At 4.30hrs I was up and about to collect Sue again and take her back out to see her morning patients. She was very pleased to see me and after a lovely cup of coffee, we were on our way. To highlight the importance of this kind of work, one of our first visits was to a very remote wooden bungalow, surrounded by deep snow. Sues first task was to light the fire as it was the 90 year olds only method of keeping warm! We also visited a cancer patient who, due to living in a very remote area, had had no electricity for three days! We also visited an old lady in a farm house that was down what I would describe as a mild green lane! The snow had made it totally impassable to normal vehicles!
I dropped Sue off at about 15.00hrs and was told to head towards Wakefield! Apparently they were really suffering out there and needed more help. I didn't get too far when I was stood down, as it turned out, for the night.
I've got relatives near Retford so I headed there for food and a bath! (Oh yes, and a comfortable bed) By the time I got there I'd done about 300 miles!
Whilst I was there, it started to rain quite heavily. Sadly that was only to compact the situation as, at about midnight, the rain stopped and the temperature plummeted into low minus figures!
When I got up, again at about 04.30hrs, the Disco was frozen solid! My instructions were to head towards Lincoln Hospital and receive my instructions for the day when I got there. My first task was to collect nurses from their home address and bring them into work. By 07.30hrs I'd finished and was then assigned once more to the Sue Ryder carers. This time I collected Karen and once again we headed for the villages that two wheel drive vehicle stood little chance of getting too safely. By 15.00 we had finished and I dropped her off at home just in time to head off for my next pick up which turned out to be Janet. Once again we headed off to the outlying villages where the roads had seen little if no salt! By about 22.30 I had returned her safely to her home and I headed to the nearest Pizza parlour. I then met up with James (Muddyjames) Gordon(KTMGordon) and Chris(BigWatty) at the Premier Inn, where Sue Ryder charity was putting up any out of area responders (lucky sods.)
After a short chat I hit the road again and arrived home at about 01.30, in freezing fog! I'd traveled a total of 575 miles, 370 of those were responding!

Here are some photos.











 

Phil Edwards

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Brilliant stuff Taz, good on you. You should be proud, and we should be grateful.

I used to go off-road many years ago, first trials and enduro on motorbikes, then with the AWDC in VW buggies, and then LR's. Huge fun, and to put it to good use, as you are, is very satisfying.
 

kevgermany

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Good for you Pete. Much appreciated, and a job well done. Those roads look like the ones we get often in winter. But I think we're better equipped with winter tyres, chains and so on. The councils are also (generally) well geared up with snow ploughs and so on. Our village of 2000 has One large road sized one and 2 pavement sized ones. And the kids' school alone has two pavement sized ones.

We don't seem to have a volunmnteer organisation lke that around here. More's the pity, cos I'd also volunteer. (could be fun with my German, though). Hope they pay your expenses and that the insurance doesn't object!
 

Taz

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Luckily Kev, my own insurance is through a 4X4 specialist who is well aware of the jobs that the RT does. When you join up and pay your membership fees, that also covers you under the groups public liability insurance as well. I also think that the rest of Europe seem to be much more prepared than we are here in Brittan.
Phil, it has been great fun and it makes you feel that your very much appreciated. Some of the places I went to could only be reached by either a 4X4 or a tractor and I saw plenty of them about.
I was amazed by the way that some people are still driving! Nutters! Oh well, it'll give me someone else to rescue....for a small donation of course! >:):)))
 

Sue

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Hey Pete - good one you and the other 'unsung heroes' in this country. You should have popped in to us and I would have fed and watered you, I live just north of Lincoln. We have been hit hard and were snowed in for 4 days. Fortunately we only lost our internet connection - no hardship. I am a **** driver in the snow and ice so I don't venture out but i raise a glass of wine to you and your 4x4 team. Well done and thank you.
 

jonf

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Good on you. All those miles on snow must have been knackering.

We had 35cm of snow here (in Surrey of all places!) and for two days the only thing that could get out of our road was a Disco. Because I live down a small road in a small village there is no snow clearance at all, and anyone needing assistance would be reliant on guys like you
 

cherrybyte

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Well done..good to see your 'Disco' did so well, here on Exmoor many a time my 'Surf' has had to get them out of trouble...;)
 

RedBottom

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You know, I get sick and fed up of 4x4 drivers cruising around on city streets as though they own the road, choking up the environment and generally being total a-holes, so it's really nice to see a bunch of owners putting them to good use for the very thing they were designed for. Great stuff, Taz, well done, and I'm sure your work's been much appreciated.

I live in the middle of a city and although it's been tricky here, it has at least been possible to get around. It usually is under these conditions, but to hear some people whinge, you'd think they were stuck on the South Pole or something. They're usually the same ones who wander out in clothes more suited to a summer's day, or who tell everyone else to stay indoors but don't heed their own advice.
 

thehunt

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Firstly well done Taz, great effort. I drive one of those German rear wheel jobbies, could not even get the bloody thing off my drive the other week. Trouble is i can't justify changing cars yet. Well done mate. Phil
 
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