The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust is cruising in style after a generous gift from the local Freemasons.
The trust was donated a new car that will allow pilots to get to and from jobs at the helicopter base quicker.
“It allows the crew to respond a bit faster,” says chief pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford.
He said in the past it had been an issue when pilots were rushing to get to base in their own cars.
“It’s pretty hard to say to [police] who they are and that they are bona fide in what they are doing.”
The new car was also about building awareness about the work the trust does.
He said the Freemasons had given the trust much support over the years.
General manager Paula Muddle said it was fantastic that a group like the Freemasons saw value in what the trust did.
“The car was something that was on our wish list.”
The trust is still fundraising for a new helicopter winch which the team says will help them save more lives around the region.
Photo – Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter chief pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford, centre, is presented with a donated rapid response vehicle by John Litton, Grand Master Freemasons New Zealand, and Bruce Pagan, District Grand Master Freemason New Zealand Nelson Marlborough.