Convenience store staff across the country went above and beyond the call of duty to serve their local communities during the recent cold snap and heavy snow.

Hundreds worked extra hours or walked miles through the difficult conditions to get to their stores and help customers.

In Staplehurst, Kent, Spar store manager Mike Smith said that every member of his team had "gone the extra mile" by working longer hours to help replenish shelves and man the busy tills.

"We maintained availability of milk and bread throughout, even with our main supplier not being able to deliver for two days. I increased our orders before the snow in case deliveries couldn't get to us," he added.

In Worthing, West Sussex, Spar store manager Keith Goodbody set up home deliveries for his wheelchair-bound customers who couldn't get out.

And in Chapelhall, North Lanarkshire, two young female members of staff ran their Co-operative store themselves, when management was unable to make it in due to snow. They also helped an elderly passer-by who had slipped and broken her wrist.

In Mapplewell, Barnsley, one Co-operative employee walked almost six miles to get to work, while five staff elected to work 14-hour shifts to help unload a delayed fresh delivery.

And in Denesway, Liverpool, the snow proved a useful ally in solving a crime. Two men who had raided KS Convenience Store were arrested after police followed their snowy footprints straight to their front door.