Volunteer army drafted to support at Sunderland gas explosion site

published on 11 Aug 2017

The Salvation Army’s emergency response unit is providing refreshments and support to residents affected by a gas explosion in a Sunderland street –with our nearby homelessness residential centre (Swan Lodge Lifehouse) having prepared sandwiches for the mobile canteen.

Minister Major Stephen Slade (South Shields Salvation Army, Wawn Street) is leading the team of volunteers who have been on site from 10.30 am to make teas, coffees and distribute sandwiches to anyone needing support in the area.

Major Slade said: 

Since we arrived this morning, we’ve been providing reassurance and practical support, offering refreshments and a listening ear to anyone who needs it. My colleague Gwen Hall also brought toys to the nearby rest centre to occupy the children while they wait on updates with their families.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this incident and we will continue to be here to support people long after this incident concludes.