Santa gets a lift from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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Even Santa calls us when he needs help. His trusty sleigh and reindeers were having trouble getting Santa safely to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) for a socially distanced window visit.

With a hectic schedule and many places to be – he wanted to make sure children from Aberdeen wouldn’t miss out.

We got an SOS (Save our Santa) call and we stepped in to help.

With the big man in red loaded onto one of our aerial rescue pumps, he was lifted into the air and up to the windows of the hospital where he was met by many smiling faces – both from children and staff.

Watch Commander (WC) Matthew Cowe brought the community together to arrange this event. And we better watch out – because we’re sure Santa will have an eye on him and try to recruit him for his team!

WC Cowe contacted the Archie Foundation, staff nurses and play team of the RACH to see what could be done to bring Christmas to the children.

He got support from Morrisons of Inverurie charity team, who provided gifts for the children as well as individual personalised Santa video messages.

He also acquired some costumes – and two Highland cows, Harris and Heather, accompanied by Hamish the hound were outside the hospital to entertain and delight the children.

Appliances from Central Community Fire Station and the Red Watch attended alongside the Morrisons charity team who were dressed as elves.

Gifts were donated from SFRS and Morrisons staff to the Archie Foundation which will be given out to children in the hospital.

This collective community effort captured the Spirit of Christmas and took it to the children at the hospital.

And great teamwork by all … Santa will always find a way … with a little help from his friends.


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