Successful team: Crewman Mark Sewell and pilot Tom Hulse, Westpac’s group executive retail and business banking Rob Coombe, Westpac helicopter general manager Kris Beavis, crewman Tim Myers, and chief crewman Roger Fry on the helipad at the Northern Regional Westpac Heli Service.
Successful team: Crewman Mark Sewell and pilot Tom Hulse, Westpac’s group executive retail and business banking Rob Coombe, Westpac helicopter general manager Kris Beavis, crewman Tim Myers, and chief crewman Roger Fry on the helipad at the Northern Regional Westpac Heli Service. Jerad Williams

Funds boost for rescue helicopter

THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is flying high after getting a boost in funding from its major sponsor.

The Westpac Bank yesterday announced a further three-year sponsorship commitment to the helicopter service in Lismore.

Due to the confidential nature of the agreement the amount of the sponsorship cannot be disclosed, but the service’s marketing and media officer, Graham Orams, is very pleased with the increase.

“This partner sponsorship with Westpac has been raised significantly,” he said.

“It is vital to our existence. Without the sponsors and the community this service would not exist. That is the hard reality.

“We are in the unique position that people know we save lives so we do get support.”

The new commitment also marks the 20-year anniversary of Westpac sponsorship for the service.

Over that time the rescue helicopter has completed more than 6000 missions in the area, spanning from the Queensland border down to Nambucca Heads and out to Glen Innes.

The helicopter service was used for hospital transfers, emergency assistance during car accidents, search and rescue missions, and was responsible for saving hundreds of lives, Westpac group executive retail and business banking, Rob Coombe, said.

“Without the helicopter service there would be a lot of families grieving,” he said.

“It would be hard to imagine being without it.”



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