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The Salvation Army offers support to the family and friends of those who died in Shetland Super Puma helicopter crash

The Salvation Army has been offering support to the family and friends of those who died in a helicopter crash last Friday.

A humanitarian support centre has been set up in Aberdeen for people who have been affected by the tragedy.

The Salvation Army is working alongside the Red Cross and Royal Voluntary Society, offering a listening ear and cup of tea to those in need, after a Super Puma helicopter crashed off Shetland and claimed the lives of four people.

The Balgownie Lodge Support Centre in Bridge of Don will be open for seven days a week for three weeks and officers from Moray and East Coast Corps are on hand to help provide a place of refuge for the bereaved.

Major Denis Lomax, The Salvation Army’s divisional commander in North Scotland, said: “Where there is need you will find The Salvation Army, this is a tragic situation and we are here to just walk alongside people as they come to terms with the enormity of the loss of relatives and dedicated colleagues.

“Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and we really want to support the people who come to us. It’s about being here for people in the midst of this tragedy."

Throughout the United Kingdom and across the world, The Salvation Army often finds itself serving at the point of greatest need when there is an emergency or disaster. We aim to provide support and practical assistance to the emergency services as well as those affected by an incident.

At times of crisis The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Emergency Service  is able to provide trained personnel to provide immediate and ongoing support to people in need as well as a fleet of purpose-built mobile canteens which are mobilised to provide practical and emotional support to emergency service personnel.