True grit: Thank you to everyone who kept Birmingham moving in the snow
Just a quick note from me to say a big thank you to the many people who worked so hard over the last 36 hours to keep Birmingham moving through the snow.
Our gritting crews and highways colleagues worked around the clock throughout the weekend in very testing circumstances. The snow fell throughout Sunday, making gritting and ploughing a never-ending task, but they just got on with the job and will continue to do so throughout the winter.
Thanks must also go to the emergency services who were on hand, keeping us safe and providing reassurance. Police, ambulance and fire crews did what they always do – they got on with the job.
At one stage on Sunday, West Midlands Ambulance Service (@OFFICIALWMAS) tweeted: We’re out because we have to be.
Well that may be the case but the efforts of staff who battled through the snow to answer calls were still very much appreciated.
As were the efforts of NHS workers throughout the city. I know the vast majority of health professionals made it into work to continue providing essential care.
And staying with the health theme, thank you to everyone who answered an urgent appeal from Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals for locals with 4x4s to help transport clinical staff during adverse weather.
I’d also like to thank carers and social care staff who provided help and reassurance to Birmingham’s more vulnerable people.
Thank you if you found time to check on a vulnerable or elderly neighbours and relatives. Whether you cleared a path or driveway, offered to go shopping for a neighbour or simply called to say hello, I’m sure your actions made a difference.
The many partners tackling rough sleeping in Birmingham also stepped-up. Cold weather provision was in operation and the many individuals and organisations who help in this area did sterling work throughout the weekend.
Finally, thanks to our media partners – both mainstream media and bloggers – for keeping citizens informed, sharing updates and helping to spread the safety message. This is a city of over a million people and we must work together to ensure everyone has up to date information.
There may be no snow forecast over the next few days but temperatures overnight will be extremely cold, so thank you in advance to everyone who keeps Birmingham moving.
And, if you’re out and about, please take extra care.