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Snow hero in Hawkhurst offers rescue service to people trapped in the snow

By William Janes

A snow hero is offering to help people stuck in the snow armed with a specially adapted four-by-four.

Alex Rhoades, of Dickens Way in Hawkhurst, is using his Toyota Hilux with an array of add-ons suited to snowy weather to help those in need.

The 29-year-old builder's four-wheel-drive lifted vehicle comes equipped with off-road tyres, a front tow bar, and a rear eight-ton towing rig to pull even heavy vehicles out of the snow.

'I can get anywhere without getting stuck', said Mr Rhoades
'I can get anywhere without getting stuck', said Mr Rhoades

The father of three, who drives a minibus at the weekends, has been offering his services on Facebook. When the Kent Messenger spoke to him he had just received a message from someone stuck on their driveway.

Mr Rhoades said: “I’m quite involved in my local community, I’m a member of the Freemasons lodge and we’re keen on helping out people locally and I have got the vehicle so it seemed like the right thing to do.

"I had to help someone this morning down a little side road, it's sheet ice, they've got a broken leg so I had to pick them up and take them up to chemist to get their prescription and into Tesco to get some supplies and take them back home again because they're finding their particular road impassible at the moment."

"I put an advert on Facebook and use the power of social media to spread the word if anyone does need help."

If you live in the Hawkhurst area and need Mr Rhoades' help, give him a call on 07930 284410.

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