Bexhill pastors support at Shoreham Airshow crash memorials

A member of the Bexhill Response Pastors at a memorial for the victims of the Shoreham Airshow crash
A member of the Bexhill Response Pastors at a memorial for the victims of the Shoreham Airshow crash

Pastors from Bexhill united to support grieving friends and families at the three memorials for the victims of the Shoreham Airshow crash.

The Bexhill Response Pastors were called by Sussex Police to attend the memorials on Saturday, August 19.

It was the first time response pastors were deployed since being commissioned in May by Rev Les Isiac at Beulah Baptist Church.

Bexhill coordinator Karen Coughlan said: “Some people just wanted to talk and share what had happened to them and their loved ones. Some wanted to cry and some just wanted to have someone to stand next too them in a supportive way.

“For some, it was just having the presence of another person with time available for them.

“The value of just sharing time with someone who is experiencing heart rending pain, cannot be underestimated.”

The response pastors are deployed to offer safety and compassion to all in the event of a crisis or emergency.

“One of the biggest resources that Response Pastors have to offer is their time and compassion for people, and this we give freely,” Ms Coughlan said.

“On the scene I was so aware of a great sense of Lancing and Shoreham’s communities coming together for one another.

“Also the police and emergency services themselves were fantastic, doing an extremely hard job in such traumatic circumstances so very well. Our hearts continue to go out to them all.”

Inspector James Scott said: “The tragic events in Shoreham have effected a great number of people.

“Being able to have the response pastors deploy at very short notice to offer support and comfort is a great asset and I hope that the people who attended the memorials on Saturday found some comfort from their support.”

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