A Swansea Valley-based care company is asking owners of 4x4s and other off road vehicles to volunteer their time and wheels to assisting carers on their routes during bad weather.

Abacare says carers visiting the elderly and vulnerable in remote parts of the country can find it very tricky on foot or in their own cars during bad weather, especially heavy snow, and is calling for volunteers to help.

Joe Jenkins, Registered Manager at Abacare, which has offices in Ystradgynlais, said: “We have received some very helpful offers from people in the community who were able to drive our carers around the area in bad weather to ensure that all our elderly and vulnerable service users were cared for.

"However we are always expanding the areas we provide care in and it would be great to have a list of volunteers we could call on should the weather become too difficult.

“Anyone who owns a 4x4 or other off road vehicle and can potentially offer their time during future spells of bad weather can get in touch with me by calling 01639 844155 with their details and we will call on them should we need help.

"Of course people are not obliged to help and if the day or time is not good for them, that is not a problem, and they can be removed from the list at any time.”

"Wales is a beautiful country but bad weather, especially snow, can make getting about very tricky, however we will always do everything in our power to get to all of our service users and provide the care they need."