Budleigh Salterton launches emergency help appeal

A Good Samaritan appeal has been launched by Budleigh Salterton Town Council in a bid to combat extreme weather.

The town recently formed an emergency committee dedicated to helping others during extreme weather or heavy snowfall.

Several residents have already stepped forward with offers to help, but the council is keen to recruit extra numbers.

The aim is to provide a voluntary service to the elderly and disabled during bouts of severe weather.

The committee was formed on the back of last winter’s extreme snowfall, which left many residents stranded in their homes.

Budleigh town council clerk Jo Vanstone said last winter’s snowfall prevented many elderly and disabled residents collecting medication, or visiting the shops.

Mrs Vanstone said a number of volunteers had already come forward in support of the scheme, but more were needed.

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The council clerk said the emergency plan would only be put into action in the event of there being heavy snow that subsequently lies on the ground for a number of days, as it did last winter.

Mrs Vanstone said: “One of the strengths of Budleigh Salterton is its community spirit, and the council is seeking to kick-start the concept of a Budleigh community by – as a first step – creating a list of people who may be willing to volunteer assistance.

“This assistance can take many forms, from clearing snow from a person’s front path to doing a bit of shopping for an elderly or disabled person, or collecting their medicine.

“We also need volunteers to man the dedicated emergency phone helpline at the Public Hall when an emergency strikes.

“Additionally, we would like to hear from people who have four-wheel-drive vehicles, who would be willing to assist people to get to hospital appointments.”

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Mrs Vanstone on (01395) 442245 or via e-mail (office@budleighsaltertontowncouncil.gov.uk).

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