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Oil and gas industry sets up North Sea helicopter memorial fund

Posted on 18.04.2009 - 12:00 EDT in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Oil and gas industry sets up North Sea helicopter memorial fundA memorial fund has been set up in memory of the 16 men who lost their lives in the helicopter accident off the north-east coast of Scotland on 1 April 2009, industry representative body Oil & Gas UK announced today (16 April 2009).

The North Sea Flight 85N Memorial Fund has been established to honour the fourteen offshore oil and gas employees and two pilots who died in the North Sea tragedy. Donations received will be administered by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and distributed to charitable causes, in consultation with the bereaved families and the companies directly concerned.

Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK's chief executive, said: "Since the accident, members of the general public and the offshore community have expressed their deep shock at the loss of life and their sympathy for the bereaved in the wish to make some form of donation. The North Sea Flight 85N Memorial Fund responds to that need and will serve as a lasting tribute to the men who died so tragically."

The memorial fund is a collective industry response to the fatal accident; the charities which will receive the monies will be decided at a future date. Individual companies will also welcome separate donations to go directly to the families of men who lost their lives.

Donations to the North Sea Flight 85N Memorial Fund can be made from 10am, Thursday 16 April, as follows:

• Online via Oil & Gas UKs website (
• Credit / Debit card over the telephone on +44 (0)1732 529 305
• By cheque payable to North Sea Flight 85N Memorial Fund to:
Trust Department
CAF (Charities Aid Foundation)
25 Kings Hill Avenue
West Mailing
Kent ME 19 4TA
• Bank transfer facilities are available for sums above £1,000. Contact Oil & Gas UK for further details on 02078022400.
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