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Santa arrives in Aberdeen – with a little help from his friends

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When Santa needs help, he knows who to call. And when the big man in red put out the emergency call – firefighters from Aberdeen Central Fire Station obliged by giving him a lift.

With the current Covid safety measures in place, Santa was unable to visit children in the wards of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH).

But with the help of an aerial platform, Santa was soon flying high and waving to the children through the windows of the hospital, much to their great delight.

Staff from the Red Watch helped to deliver presents which were donated by Morrisons supermarket and bought by funds raised by the crews. Gifts were also given by charity the Archie Foundation, the official charity of RACH and Aberdeen Neonatal Unit – who provide services and support to sick babies and children.

Watch Commander Matthew Cowe said: "Aberdeen firefighters utilised their skills to bring Santa a little bit closer.

"It is a very difficult time for the children. We really hope the gifts and the event is a treat for them and that it put a very big smile on their faces and made some great memories."

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