Ashleigh says she is lucky

Although she is currently undergoing reviews, Ashleigh calls herself lucky.
“It could have been a lot worse. I could have ended up paralysed.”
Ashleigh’s rescue is one of 35 missions to the Franklin District so far this year and that number is steadily increasing.
With each mission the crew attend, the Trust need to raise an additional $3,000 to cover the costs.
The Trust are extremely grateful for the support of the community who recognise the importance of the service. Just this week they received a visit from the Committee Members of the St Andrews Festival of Flowers, who raised $500 towards the cost of their next mission.
“This is the least we could do,” said member, Jennifer Thomson.
“You just never know when you might need these guys, so this is a small gesture of thanks for all they do.”
Ashleigh is one girl who would totally agree with that sentiment.
“I can’t thank them enough,” she says. “I can only imagine what it would have been like to travel in an ambulance all that way, with all the bumps in the road and the pain I was in. The quicker you can get to hospital, the better I reckon!’
If you’d like to keep your local rescue helicopter in the air, please call 0800 4RESCUE or make an online donation at:

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