Therapeutic reunion planned

Emergency servicesattend to Ashleigh whenshe had her accident in May.

Emergency servicesattend to Ashleigh whenshe had her accident in May.

Emotional connections are expected to be a common feature of the first ever Rescue Reunion being organised by the The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust on Sunday 18 October.
Anyone who has ever been rescued by the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter is invited to attend the Reunion at the Trust’s Mechanics Bay Base.
For many, the Reunion will be the first time they have met with the crews since the day they were rescued.
“After my accident, I felt really strongly that I wanted to visit the crew and talk to them about what had happened, so it was lovely meeting them and was therapeutic for me on so many levels. I think having a day for patients to come together and meet the team is a wonderful idea,” says Ashleigh Taylor-Wyatt who was seriously injured in a car accident in Awhitu during May this year.
There will be several activities taking place on the day, which will include crew talks and demonstrations, winch display, helicopter simulation rides, talks from past patients and a light lunch.
Communications Adviser, Kerrie Spicer, says that being rescued by the helicopter is not something that happens every day in someone’s life.
“It’s a big deal. We hope that bringing our patients together with our crew will make for a really fun, feel-good day for all involved.”
Due to the capacity of the hangar, space will be limited and will be on a first in, first served basis.
Former patients who have been rescued are invited to register by Sunday, October 11, at,
or for more information, contact Kerrie on (09) 950 7222.


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