Save Lives with your Bequest

Help us continue saving lives by leaving a charitable gift in your Will. Your contribution today will go towards the purchase of important medical equipment, ensuring that lives are saved now and well into the future.

What is a bequest?

A bequest is a 'future' charitable donation. It is a method of supporting the work of the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters without it affecting your lifestyle today. Simply put, it is a charitable gift left in your Will.

How do I leave a bequest?

Leaving a bequest is a simple process that your solicitor can implement for you. Once you have provided in your Will for your loved ones, your solicitor can add a gift to our service. If you already have a Will and just want to update it, your solicitor can provide a Codicil document for this purpose, which you will need to date and sign. To see the wording to give to your solicitor to update your Will, CLICK HERE.

What will the money be spent on?

Money received from bequests is used towards the purchase of capital items, such as emergency medical equipment for the team to use on board the helicopter. Currently however, we are saving up for a new up-to-date replacement helicopter, as our two machines are over 25 years old.

What benefit is there for me to leave a charitable bequest?

There are a number of benefits in relation to leaving a gift in your Will. The first and most important one is the knowledge that your gift is long-lasting and will ensure the survival of our service for future generations. It will mean that we can continue to operate two helicopters in the Auckland, Coromandel and Rodney regions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, enabling us to attend more than 1,000 rescue missions each year. Your gift will be saving lives. To download our bequest brochure, CLICK HERE.

Another benefit reported by our bequestors is the "feel good" factor. It is an amazing feeling to do something so selfless as to leave a legacy not only for your own family, but for countless other families too.

The wonderful thing about the service we provide is that it is not restricted or specific. We rescue people of all nationalities, ages, genders or religions.

And thirdly, by leaving a bequest you will automatically be welcomed into our Supporter for Life program.

What is the Supporter for Life program?

By leaving a bequest, you will automatically be welcomed into our Supporter for Life (SFL) legacy program. You will receive a welcome pack, a badge to wear with pride, and get invited to our annual Christmas morning tea at the helicopter base. You will receive a quarterly update of what has been happening with our service and get invited to other events throughout the year. The Supporter for Life program is our way of thanking you for your future support of us.

If you would like to know more, please call:

Kerrie Spicer

Planned Giving Manager

Ph: (09) 950 7222

Mobile: 021 2748458


Testimonials from our Supporter for Life members

Jo Underwood, Waiheke

Supporter for Life, Regular Supporter, Ex-Patient


In September 2016, Jo began to feel ill, suffering symptoms similar to a mini-stroke. Intensive Care Paramedic, Bruce Kerr, was on-board the helicopter that day and the crew flew Jo to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.

"I was already a regular supporter and had also left a gift to the service in my Will, and now I am so glad I did. It's a service I have always believed in and one you know is going to save an awful lot of lives.

Leaving a gift  was an easy and simple process and something I would encourage others to do if they want the helicopter to be around in the future."

Bonnie Farmer, Auckland

Supporter for Life, Regular Supporter, Volunteer




"Having been to the helicopter base and heard about how the service works, it's an organisation I truly wanted to help. I always tell everyone, 'you never know when you are going to need it' and as it turns out, someone dear to me did need it recently."

Stewart Rundle, Auckland

Supporter for Life, Supporter, Ex-Patient


"When I fell 30 metres down the Castor Bay cliffs, the tide was in and the seas were crashing over the rocks where I lay. I was seriously injured and was getting very cold. I told emergency services by cell phone that the only way I could be rescued would be by helicopter. How lucky I was that the Auckland Westpac rescue helicopter was equipped with a winch and carried both a doctor and a paramedic.

Unfortunately not every Westpac helicopter is so well-equipped. I’d hate to imagine the outcome if the helicopter that came to my rescue had not been so well-equipped and staffed.

Our donations, yours and mine, help to ensure the service continues meantime. But the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust needs an assured future with full equipment and medical staff on all its flights.

The bequeath in my Will – and hopefully yours as well – will help to provide a continued and improved helicopter rescue service for all of us and our families into the future.

Please join many other New Zealanders: give generously and leave a bequest in your Will to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust."

In Loving Memory Donations

A number of people have asked us how they go about donating to our service in memory of a family member or friend who has passed away. Often they wish to do this in lieu of flowers at the funeral. We call this an In Loving Memory donation. To set one up please visit: Here you can create a Memorial page for your loved one, where messages can be left and donations sent through to our service. If you would like any further information about this service, please contact: Kerrie Spicer - E: / P: (09) 625 2733 / M: 021 2748458.

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Be Part of the solution

We rely on people like you to help us save lives. Sponsoring a rescue mission means you will contribute funds directly to a specific mission flown by one of our helicopters, potentially saving someone's life.