A STRANDED motorist wants to thank warm-hearted strangers who helped her through a six-hour blizzard ordeal.
Vicki Lee twice found herself at the mercy of the savage elements after a simple journey home to Orrell turned into a nightmare.
But on both occasions she was hugely grateful for the selfless actions of others who first helped to get her car going then, when she had to abandon it and go on foot, gave her extra clothing and escorted her most of the way home.
Today the 31-year-old accountant, who during the drama forgot to take down details of her saviours, asked for them to get in touch via the Evening Post so that she can thank them properly.
It was last Friday evening - when the heavy snow first hit the region - that Vicki was driving back from a works night out only to hit bad traffic at the M6 turn-off at Orrell.
She decided that it might be easier to get home, which is near Winstanley College, by going one junction along the M58 to Pimbo. But no sooner had she committed herself to this route that she realised that the carriageway was blocked.
There was one lane where vehicle tracks had made it look just about navigable but then several vehicles got stuck.
Alone in her Audi TT, Vicki inched forward for a long while as other vehicles braved the elements to give cars a push and create tracks with makeshift tools. After three hours she finally managed to get off the motorway but then got stuck when trying to get up the hill by the roundabout at Windmill Lane.
Faced with sitting in the car waiting for rescue and snow clearance that might not come, or walking four miles home in treacherous conditions she opted for the latter.
But again she was indebted to kind-hearted strangers. A family walking in the same direction offered to accompany her for some of the way and gave a her a cup of tea when she got to their home. In the meanwhile another resident who had seen her trudging through the snow gave her a woolly hat.
And the father of the Up Holland family escorted her virtually all the way to her house. She finally got home after 4am.
Vicki said: “It was a worrying time but it would have been a whole lot worse if people hadn’t been so nice.
“Adversity often brings out the best in people and that was certainly the case. A number of people I had never met before were very public-spirited. It would be nice to be able to thank those that came to my aid.”
Anyone who remembers helping Vicki should ring The Post on 506271.