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Severe weather disruption: Your stories

There has been major disruption across the UK following heavy snowfalls.

BBC News website readers have been telling us how they have been affected by the big freeze.

Ashley McMahon

The bad weather has meant that a lot of teachers haven't been able to make it in today. I was supposed to sit my mock exams today. I know it sounds strange but I really wanted to take them because I want to do well in my GCSEs later in the year.

There are only three teachers here so the exams are cancelled. Also, only seven day school students have made it in. There are normally 60 students in my year but today only 15 boarders and seven day school students are present.

It feels like chaos to me. Some classes are taking place but most of us are just stuck in the computer room killing time. I feel very frustrated.

Michelle and her husband Kevin
Michelle and her husband Kevin

Me, my husband Kevin and eight-week-old twin girls, Bethany and Felicity, travelled down from Glasgow to Portsmouth to spend Christmas with my mum and dad. It took us 10 hours to get down on Christmas Eve. We haven't been able to go home since then.

My daughter, Felicity, was due to attend a hospital appointment but has missed it. Also, both girls are missing midwife appointments to check their weight and health. I have also missed a GP appointment.

Eight-week-old twins, Bethany and Felicity
Eight-week-old twins, Bethany and Felicity

All the shops here are closed. My husband left the house this morning to try to get some provisions from somewhere, anywhere. We have just three days left of milk and nappies. My mum has pneumonia and is on steroids and antibiotics. Thank goodness my dad can look after her. I feel OK and it's great being with my family for longer, but I just want to get the girls back home and into their routine.


I've been using crutches for 30 months now after a hip operation, and I've lost all of my toes on one foot because of frost-bite so my mobility is very restricted.

I am currently living in a guest house in emergency accommodation after previously being homeless. I am finding it difficult to get around in this weather.

I cannot go shopping for food as I find it difficult to carry things in my condition, so I'm unable to go shopping and have to eat out. At extremely high risk, I have had to leave my lodgings by taxi to get to a place to eat. I'm frankly amazed I got there.

Yesterday, I could not go out as the conditions were far too dangerous, so I did not eat.

Its cold. This weather is unbelievable and it is hampering my already restricted mobility and tomorrow I am expecting it to be much worse. I don't know how I am going to manage.

I can deal with fresh snow but I cannot operate my crushes in trampled snow that is icy underneath. Simply getting into a car direct from doorway to doorway is very dangerous.


I want to mention carers who have to visit the old, disabled and ill regardless of the weather. We have about a foot of snow here and my wife has motor neuron disease and needs carers to help her.

So far today (Wednesday) her carers, Jane and Karen, have braved the snow and ice and have got to us. Another carer arrived two hours late after an awful journey. The roads are terrible and the carers deserve a mention for their efforts to get here. They are wonderful and are examples of what the police call "persons who have to make journeys that are absolutely essential".

Carers who made it through the snow
Susan's carers made it through the snow

My wife was 41 when she was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Our children were one-year-old and four-years-old at the time. It takes a huge amount of effort but we still manage to do things. Our children are not missing out on a childhood. We try to lead as normal a life as possible but we can only do this with the incredible support we get.

The illness means it takes two people to help my wife get out of bed in the morning. She has lost her speech so communicates through a voice machine. It's hard and it has had a huge impact on how we live our life as a family. Our door is nearly always open with carers coming and going 24 hours a day every day. We share our family life with our carers.

Despite the awful weather our carers are still there for us and I want to thank them.

Michelle Megarry
Michelle Megarry

I run the Connaught Castle day nursery in Aldershot and I took the decision to close the nursery today.

I look after 15 children aged between three-months and five-years-old. On a normal day I would expect four members of staff to come in to look after the children. I knew very early on this morning that not all the staff would be able to get in due to the heavy snow.

As a manager, I have to comply with the staffing to children ratio. It varies between age groups but legally I couldn't have stayed open today because there is no way two members of staff would be allowed to look after so many children.

Also, catering can be an issue. You can't keep a nursery open if the catering vehicles can't get through to deliver hot meals. Fortunately, our caterers have supplied us with emergency food which is basically tinned food for us to heat up on site.

The majority of parents though couldn't get through to drop their children off anyway. Last February I did manage to keep the nursery open but only one child made it in!

It is a stressful time for parents. All of the children are at the nursery because their parents work. Today's closure means they'll have to take time off work or find other childcare arrangements.

My main concern is for the safety and well-being of the children in my care and I cannot risk opening today.


We have 10 inches of snow outside our house this morning. There is no way we can get our car out, it is covered. In effect, we are stranded.

We live in a small village where there is only one bus every hour to the nearest town. I doubt the bus will run today. I can't get my two children to school so we will have to sit tight as a family and hope for a change in the weather.

We run our house on oil and I know the tanker can't get through the snow. I'm eeking out what little oil supply we have and I am worried. We can't get to the shops to get food either. We have enough for three days if we're careful, but after that I don't know what we'll do.

We are a small community so I know we will all pull together. I am just worried about the more vulnerable people who live here.

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