Charity uses 4x4s to beat weather

British Red Cross has used a fleet of Land Rovers to beat the widespread wintry conditions and offer much-needed support to vulnerable and elderly people in the East Midlands.

As the severe weather drew in, the vehicles were deployed across the country to help volunteers and medical staff provide help to those in need.

Elderly beneficiaries of the care in the home service based in Nottingham have been reached by teams using the 4x4 vehicles over the last week.

With many vehicles sufferingbreakdowns and getting stuck in the conditions, Land Rovers can provide a more reliable alternative.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service has also used Land Rover Defender ambulances recently to limit the impact of the weather as much as possible.

Amid plummeting temperatures British Red Cross has urged the public to make sure they are constantly prepared with food, equipment, contingency plans and warm clothing in case they are caught out.

Teams from the charity are also looking to help people understand basic first aid methods in the event of an accident.

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at the charity, said: "Severe weather in winter can potentially be life-threatening especially to the elderly. But there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent developing conditions like hypothermia such as wearing a hat and lots of clothing layers, and buying portable gas or oil-fired heaters in case your heating breaks down."

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