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Kent 4x4 owners come to rescue of victims of Beast from the East

A group of 4x4 heroes have worked tirelessly over the past week and helped out dozens of drivers stranded during the Beast from the East.

The Kent Off-Road Recovery group and Kent 4x4 World came to the aid of drivers across the county and even towed lorries out of danger thanks to their four-wheel drive vehicles.

The group posted live updates and pictures of their recoveries to the Facebook page with many taking to social media to thank all of the drivers.

Kent 4x4 World has just under 2500 members who do lots of events for charities and carnivals.

They spend lots of money on their trucks and love helping others.

However, due to the stresses and strains upon their own vehicles, some 4x4 owners are left with damage themselves.

One of the group said: “We have been out night and day in our trucks with everything all free of charge. We didn’t ask for penny off anyone and now it is down to us to fix our trucks.

“This group has stopped most of Kent being at standstill to be honest.”

The Kent Off-Road Recovery Group has more than 600 members and they were quick to praise the actions of each of the drivers who gave up their time during treacherous conditions.

They added: “We have worked so hard the last few days and some of us have been out all night. What we do as a community is stick together help each other out in needs like this.

“I went pulled lorry out on Friday night. It was really bad at one stage. There were 20 trucks there and we had loads of trucks at West Kingsdown as well.”

The Kent Off-Road Recovery group were not the only ones who went the extra mile to help out those feeling the full force of the Beast from the East.

Staff at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals were given access to 4x4s to help patients who could easily have been cut off from services during the snowstorm.

A Trust spokesperson said: "As part of our winter plan, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust uses a number of options to support staff during adverse weather conditions.

"This includes access to four wheel drive vehicles to transport staff to and from work, using hospital accommodation or local hotels, staying with local colleagues, and using non clinical space in our hospitals to put up some staff on site in the Women's and Children's department so that they can be available to look after patients the next day.

"These all form part of our normal business continuity arrangements and, combined with the commitment of staff to get to work by any means, ensures that if weather deteriorates we can keep our hospitals open, run our emergency services and keep patients safe.

"We'd like to thank our staff, who have battled the snow and the many traffic disruptions to get into work over the past few days. The unwavering dedication our staff have shown to their jobs is second to none."

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