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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.

If you have experienced our service or held a fundraising event or activity for your rescue helicopter, you have a story to tell, and we’d love for you to share it with us. Click here to share your story.

Alan’s life was saved by the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter
It took a split second for Alan to lose control of his bike.
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Thank you for making this mission possible
Imagine yourself feeling uncharacteristically off-colour, wanting to see a doctor, but having to navigate social distance protocols and covid screening at the emergency centre.
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Rescue helicopter a welcome sight
April 4th started as another ordinary day in extraordinary lockdown on the family's King Country property.
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Born New Year’s Eve, precious baby Lacey entered 2019 as a healthy daughter to Gillian and Jordan Downes and little sister to Caleb. 16 days later Lacey was fighting for her life.
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Your donation enabled Hayley to be winched to safety
Seasoned hiker and Te Aroha GP, Hayley felt her friends were going a bit over the top when they insisted she pack spare, warm clothes for a short one-hour hike up Mt Te Aroha.
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David thanks you for winching him to safety
David Bodsworth will always remember ANZAC Day as the day an unidentified Australian surfer rushed to help him in his time of need.
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Hamish's Story
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Ciara's Story
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Sleep Pods - Thank You from the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter
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Thank you Westpac