COMMUNITY-SPIRITED residents have been showing true grit and determination to help others during the cold snap.
Scores of dedicated volunteers have been working to keep paths and pavements clear of snow and ice since the start of January’s big freeze.
Over the weekend, youngsters from the Dreamscheme project in Fairfield swapped sledges for shovels to come to the aid of snow-bound residents.
The group of teenagers spent hours clearing snow from outside dozens of properties in Fairfield while looking out for elderly and vulnerable homeowners.
Lia Roos, chair of the Residents of Fairfield Association, which co-ordinates the Dreamscheme project, said: “These youngsters are absolutely amazing – they really deserve a pat on the back.
“All over the weekend and when they couldn’t get to school they were straight here keen to clear snow and help Fairfield’s elderly and vulnerable residents.
“We’ve had lots of comments from folk who are over the moon at their efforts.”
Pensioner Mona Davis, of Tongue Lane, said: “I’d really like to thank the young men and women who have been clearing the snow – they’ve been absolutely marvellous.
“Every day they’ve been coming round clearing all the snow and it’s really appreciated.”
Meanwhile, so-called “snow angels” have been a familiar and much-welcomed sight in communities across Buxton and the High Peak.
The generous volunteers – who are enlisted by Derbyshire County Council (DCC) – are responsible for clearing paths and pavements, re-filling empty grit bins and looking out for elderly and vulnerable residents.
One of the snow wardens, Nick Williams, has been giving up hours of his time to aid villagers in Great Hucklow, near Buxton.
Nick, 48, who runs an engineering consultancy firm, said: “I would always recommend that people should get involved in helping their communities. Since I took on the job, several other villagers have volunteered to help in one way or another.”
Big-hearted Nick added that villagers were pleased and grateful for his efforts.
A county council spokesman said: “In severe snowy weather when everyone’s resources are stretched, teamwork can play a major part in keeping things moving and keeping people safe.
“While we’re gritting the roads our snow wardens are out clearing paths and pavements.
“It’s an important role and one which makes sure things run as smoothly as possible during severe or prolonged snowy weather.”
The spokesman added that council staff had been working tirelessly to maintain essential frontline services amid the heavy snow.
Social care staff, including home helps, have been walking long distances to get to work.
The council has taken numerous calls including from residents who have requested extra gritting on roads to allow funerals to go ahead.
Derbyshire County Council has almost 20,000 tonnes of grit in stock and treats about 1,555 miles of roads throughout the area.
• For more details about snow wardens and to apply to be one, log on to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/snowwardens.