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Notes, 28th April 2020

It’s just things like this that make it all worthwhile. This is what welcomed one of our Responders when out on task delivering some prescriptions. It’s just the small things that goes to show we are doing our bit in times of need during this current Covid-19 pandemic.

Gregs Food Bank Donation, 25th March 2020

Today a number of responders were deployed by the 4×4 Response South Wales Regional Controller to undertake a monumental challenge. A couple of days prior our Regional Controller was approached by the area manager for Greggs to enquire if 4×4 Response South Wales were able to assist in distributing all the food from their local stores between Cardiff and Barry as they had to close today due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Greggs had already contacted some local food banks, however they were unable to handle the vast quantity of food in question. 4×4 Response South Wales were not willing to sit back and let all the good food go to waste. Our Regional Controller liaised extensively with the appropriate team at Cardiff County Council to put a plan in place to ensure the food got to those that needed it most. The first task of the operation was for our Responders to collect all of the fresh goods from the 14 stores, load it into their vehicles and transport it to the central Cardiff County Council hub. From the hub the food was then divided and then transported by the Responders out to various food banks and hostels throughout the region.

A massive thank you to all the Responders that volunteered to assist today, because of your actions the food got to those members of our communities that needed it most!

Storm Dennis, 13th March 2020

A successful deployment for the 4×4 Response Wales South Wales group helping with Storm Dennis. Throughout the day we assisted communities by transporting members of the public displaced by flooding back to their homes once the waters had receded. By doing so the temporary accommodation set up in the local sports center was able to close earlier than expected and move their staff and responders to different locations.

As well as this we assisted with the transportation of essential workers to Ysbyty Cwm Cynon Hospital in Mountain Ash. Staff were able to perform their usual duties without having to worry about transportation or the administration staff having to find replacements for their shifts.

PC Harper Ride of Respect, 27th October 2019

The best way to describe the PC Harper Ride of Respect event is this: A somber occasion but one filled with hope and support from the local community. For us at the 4×4 Response, we learned a lot about the power of community at an event scale and magnitude. A minute’s silence was a touching and fitting way to begin our day.

What we hadn’t expected was just how overwhelmingly positive the response from the public and the bikers was going to be. There was expected to be people along the roads and waving to the bikers and service members as they drove by, however, we hadn’t expected there to be so many people that waited out the whole day and even waited for those who helped keep the event running to drive past, waving and clapping as we went by. Their dedication to the day was what made the event the success it was. It was members of the public that started the event and it was them who showed up and gave the support needed to become something bigger than anyone had expected. They brought together so many groups, including ours, to work on something that was an event none of us will ever forget. 

No one in our group had expected we would receive the gratitude from the community that we did. It wasn’t their gratitude that was eye opening, it was the scale and dedication to the event that showed the power of community, communication, charity and the positive side of social media and how well it was utilised to bring so many people together from so far across the UK. I know that it’s an experience I won’t forget and it’s all because of the everyone who put their time in.

Cowbridge Christmas Parade, 24th November 2019

The Cowbridge annual Christmas parade and lighting ceremony were a great success for both the town and 4×4 Response Wales. With road closures throughout the day causing diversions and limited access to the town, there was a lot for the group to manage. However, by working in conjunction with the local police and PCSO’s the day ran smoothly.

In the morning the streets lines with people waiting for the parade. They were thankful for the assistance that we were giving with the event and had a good mood about the day ahead. It was obvious from just talking to those who lived nearby that the event meant a lot to the community. This event has run for many years and clearly has a lot of support and being able to be part of that was meaningful to all of us who helped that day. Events like these bring communities together to celebrate something together and have a day of fun and entertainment. 

The evening ran smoothly too, with further road closures coming into place we were able to direct traffic with no issues. The lighting ceremony saw special guest Santa Clause flipping the switch for the lights. Fireworks followed and were a pleasant end to a long day for both the spectators and us in the 4×4 response.  

A big thank you has to go out to those we worked with on the day, the police, PCSO’s and the local Lions for being so welcoming and willing to co-operate with us throughout the day. The communication between the groups and the willingness to work together meant that we were all able to focus on keeping everything running smoothly throughout the day without having to worry. 

A special thank you goes out to PC Stuart Elson for his organising so prior to and during the event and for communicating important information before the day begun and then with later developments throughout the event.

Eglwsbach Show, 11th August 2018

The North Wales Group will have a stand at Eglwsbach show on Saturday 11th August – 09h30 to 16h00. The Showground is just north of Llanrwst off the A470. We will have two vehicles and lots of kit on the stand with the aim of publicising what we do, attracting prospective members and talking to visitors about difficult driving techniques etc. The show is a good day out for the family if you can make it.

RWAS Spring Show, 19th & 20th May

4×4 Response Wales will be at the Royal Welsh Spring Show,
as part of the Land Rover 70th Birthday celebrations.

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