|Even though Spring Equinox in 2018 is on March 20, the “Beast from the East” and “Storm Emma” descended upon the UK at the end of February starting March off with widespread snow - much more than we have seen for a while.
Sadly, much of our infrastructure could not cope. Commuters were subject to long delays on trains and road. Some people have been stuck in their homes without heat. Many of us had boilers which broke down.
Although the snow began to melt in many places, there have been areas without power or water and some parts still do have snow.
Yet, despite these difficulties, how heartening to hear the many stories of acts of kindness from compassionate people who have helped others. Here are just a few…
Stories such as the various communities who opened their doors to homeless folk offering food, warmth and a bed.
Then people who went around to neighbours' houses, offering to bring in supplies, or, digging paths through the snow.
Some areas have received deliveries of bottled water.
In rural Devon a community nurse battled through snow drifts and blizzards on a quad bike to ensure that her patients were cared for.
In North Yorkshire, a district nurse battled the elements to reach patients, with the help of a tractor clearing the route ahead.
After medical trusts sent out an appeal for people with 4×4 vehicles who might be able to ferry workers back and forth to hospital; drivers all over the country responded and have been lending a hand. Some hospital staff slept at the hospital to ensure they were on hand to nurse patients and we heard of staff walking miles to work.