An ambulance that was stuck in the snow, preventing a patient from getting inside, was freed after a plea was sent out on Twitter.
Community Twitter page B31 Voices took to the social media site to ask anyone if they could help the vehicle, that was trapped at an address in Longbridge, Birmingham, shortly before midnight last night.
The post called out for anyone with a shovel who was local to come out and help, posting a picture of the stricken ambulance surrounded by snow.
❄️ #SWBrumSnowWatch ❄️ *****HELP NEEDED: via Michelle Warren – @officialwmas ambulance stuck @ Walnut Way, off Central Avenue #Longbridge • Local? Bring a shovel to help! Posted 2335hrs 11/12/17 pic.twitter.com/m0y3rDo0wi
— B31 Voices (@B31Voices) December 11, 2017
Thankfully, two neighbours from Solihull saw the tweet and arrived at the scene with shovels, digging out the snow and allowing the patient to get inside.
West Midlands ambulance service later posted a thank you to the two neighbours, once again using Twitter.
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They wrote: “A big #thankyou to 2 young lads from Solihull who got out some shovels and cleared a pathway and the road so that we could get their neighbour out to the ambulance more easily.”
They added that the patient was doing well.
A big #thankyou to 2 young lads from Solihull who got out some shovels and cleared a pathway and the road so that we could get their neighbour out to the ambulance more easily. The good news is the patient is doing well. #bluelighthappy #neighbours pic.twitter.com/OBjGsWvdRy
— WMAS (@OFFICIALWMAS) December 11, 2017
Snow in Birmingham has been particularly severe – so much so that a Santa’s Grotto in Gracechurch Shopping Centre was closed on Sunday because Father Christmas was snowed in.
Britain is currently shivering after the coldest night of the year sent temperatures plummeting to -13C.