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Patients and donors are at the heart of everything we do.  Your stories are a powerful testament to human strength, courage, vulnerability, and hope.

Your stories inspire others and bring awareness to the lifesaving work undertaken by the highly skilled personnel onboard the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, who are saving lives every day.

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Straight from the heart
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ROUTINE FLIGHT. YOUR SUPPORT ENSURED AN URGENT TRANSPORT FOR SUE POLLARDSue was facing what no mother should have to; the loss of her terminally ill daughter.
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Heart attack at sea on a lifeless trawler
Your donations mad a dramatic sea rescue possible when an engineer suffered a heart attack and had to be winched to safety in challenging conditions.
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A special anniversary
As we all gather at Christmas to enjoy family festivities and gift-giving, there is one family that Christmas evokes particular poignancy.
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A painful end to a fishing trip
It only takes one small slip of the foot to ruin a great summer’s day and Dennis Barnes of Whitianga can attest to that.
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The phone call every parent dreads
It was the phone call every parent dreads, but playground accidents occur even on the safest turf.
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Motorbike vs milk tanker
Horrific injuries have kept Alan Hurford hospitalised for two months

Earlier this year, Alan was undertaking a passing manoeuvre under Taupiri Mountain, when he hit a pedestrian island, parted company with his bike and impacted the…
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