Beauty And The Beast
The Beast from the East may have wreaked havoc across the UK with its freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall but, as is so often the case, adversity has a habit of bringing out the best in people. Take the surgeon in Scotland, who trudged through eight miles of snow and sub-zero temperatures so that she could get to her hospital and treat one of her cancer patients. In all the unnamed doctor walked for up to three hours across Glasgow from Anniesland in the West End to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Renfrewshire where she swapped her snow goggles and walking poles for her surgical gowns before operating on a patient who had been diagnosed with bowel cancer. Preferring to remain anonymous, the surgeon’s colleague Dr Andy Renwick told BBC Radio Scotland: ‘She walked from Anniesland to Paisley – it took her two hours and 50 minutes. I saw her come in. She had snow goggles on, Gore-Texed up, top and bottom, snow shoes and walking poles.’ If that isn’t enough food for the soul, then what about the herculean effort of firefighter Dan Cheetham, who set off on a 14 mile hike through deep snow to get to his station in Lincolnshire… the day before his shift began! It was when the 28 year old realised the conditions were so treacherous that he would be unable to get to Louth fire station by car, that the firefighter decided to travel by foot. According to Mr Cheetham: ‘It took about just over four hours in the end. The snow wasn’t too bad, it was only a foot deep in most places, but it was the drifts that were about five to six foot that were the worst. Apart from that it was a walk in the park.’ With the modesty that is the mark of heroes, Mr Cheetham downplayed his remarkable feat: ‘We all have a duty of care to protect our community when we can. It’s like a kind of reincarnation of the Blitz spirit, almost. Everyone in the emergency services family is going above and beyond everywhere…Other local people, farmers especially, are going around in 4x4s pulling out cars and trying to clear the snow. It’s nice to see in a world that’s full of division.’ Take that Beast from the East.