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Weather chaos is snow problem for extra care resident

Mick Wilby with his Peugeot 308.
Mick Wilby with his Peugeot 308.

A retired Army veteran with a career spent driving tanks found his skills put to use when he helped stranded care workers from his Telford extra care scheme over the Christmas period.

When Mick Wilby learned that staff from Sanctuary’s Rose Manor, were snowed in at home and their trains cancelled, the 70-year-old former Royal Tank Regiment officer fired up his Peugeot 308 and came to their rescue.

Although Mick, who comes from a family of professional lorry and bus drivers, has had more experience navigating extreme conditions from inside a Centurion tank than the family estate car, the dedicated secretary of Rose Manor’s Residents’ Association left the scheme from 7am to start collecting the stuck staff.

Mick said: “I enjoy working with and helping people, and one of the ways I did this during the bad weather was getting people unstuck; a skill I have learned over many years.

“I was honoured and pleased to help, knowing that some residents’ lives depend on the care they receive.”

It wasn’t just Mick who showed commitment to the cause amidst the weather chaos either – a number of staff at Rose Manor slept onsite to ensure they would be there for residents first thing in the morning.

Sanctuary team leader Katie Pugh added: “Mick was absolutely fantastic and helped our team out of a really tricky spot on the day, when it seemed like all hope of getting in to work was lost.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Mick for his dedication to Rose Manor and I’m very proud of our care staff and their commitment to making sure residents received the help they needed.”

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