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Pregnant nurse thanks ‘Primrose Road heroes’ who helped ensure she could get to hospital despite snow

PUBLISHED: 14:38 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:48 01 March 2018

Claire and Rus Whitehouse who are thanking the Primrose Road heroes that helped prepare for the upcoming arrival of their baby, Photo supplied by Claire Whitehouse

Claire and Rus Whitehouse who are thanking the Primrose Road heroes that helped prepare for the upcoming arrival of their baby, Photo supplied by Claire Whitehouse

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A mum-to-be has praised the kindness of others as neighbours rallied round to ensure she could get to hospital.

Residents of Primrose Road in Norwich, dubbed Primrose Road heroes after they helped to prepare for the upcoming arrival of Claire Whitehouse's baby, Photo supplied by Claire WhitehouseResidents of Primrose Road in Norwich, dubbed Primrose Road heroes after they helped to prepare for the upcoming arrival of Claire Whitehouse's baby, Photo supplied by Claire Whitehouse

Claire Whitehouse, lead nurse for research at the James Paget Hospital, is currently on maternity leave, expecting to give birth any day now.

The 34-year-old who lives with her husband, Rus, on Primrose Road in Norwich, hopes the baby will be born once the Beast from the East has left the region.

However with weather conditions only getting worse, the couple decided it was time to take action in case of emergency.

On Wednesday (February 28), Mr Whitehouse went out to clear the road of snow and pretty soon half the street were giving him a helping hand.

Residents of Primrose Road in Norwich, dubbed Primrose Road heroes after they helped to prepare for the upcoming arrival of Claire Whitehouse's baby, Photo supplied by Claire WhitehouseResidents of Primrose Road in Norwich, dubbed Primrose Road heroes after they helped to prepare for the upcoming arrival of Claire Whitehouse's baby, Photo supplied by Claire Whitehouse

Mrs Whitehouse said: “The main roads had been gritted but our road hadn’t, apart from some grit that Rus put down himself last night from the grit bins in an attempt to make the road semi-usable.

“As the snow came down thicker and thicker Rus decided it was getting a bit much to be able to get out if the baby decided to make an entrance. So he went out with a shovel and started at the bottom of the road trying to move the snow and break up the ice underneath where car tracks would drive.”

“Within five minutes, our neighbour from over the road came out to help, within 15 minutes two more neighbours came out and by half an hour later about six or seven neighbours were out with shovels and axes trying to make it usable.

“They gritted the road afterwards, despite finding the two closest grit bins empty and having to trek to a third. As I am nine months pregnant I couldn’t do much to help so I took over tea and coffee duties.”

She added: “We’re so grateful to everyone for helping - some of the neighbours we only met that day actually came out just because they wanted to help and didn’t realise the potential urgency of it all. A huge, huge thank you to our Primrose Road heroes from Rus and I.”

• Do you know of someone in Norfolk who has battled through the Beast from the East to get to work, or someone who has gone out of their way to help people in the snow? Email geraldine.scott@archant.co.uk

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