THE community rallied around to come to the aid of a Tullibody care home during the snow.

Staff at The Orchard sent out a plea for help via social media when Storm Emma and the Beast from the East clashed.

Numerous employees who rely on public transport and car sharing found getting to work problematic due to the conditions.

And so The Orchard, which offers dementia and nursing care in a purpose-built setting, was left with an emergency situation as staff could not travel.

Karen Gillespie, assistant manager, put a request on Facebook asking for support from anyone who was willing to help with a 4x4 – with the call duly answered.

Fiona Johnston, care home manager, said: "On behalf of the residents and staff of The Orchard Care Centre I would like to thank the community for all the volunteers who helped drive staff to and from work and clear the snow from the pathways and car park for emergency vehicle access during The Beast from the East.

"We appreciate the support that the community continue to show us."

The response from locals was incredible with a band of volunteers coming to the home's rescue.

A gentleman called Murray Shanks from MJS joinery set up the group and Christopher Haistings and Eerynne Lindsay came to its aid for two days, bringing in day shift and nightshift workers.

There were some wonderful helpers who assisted in clearing up of the snow from paths and fire exits.

This ensured families of residents could visit and there was access for deliveries of food supplies, medication and space if any emergency vehicles needed to attend.