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A big thank you to Westpac Rescue

The Westpac Rescue chopper comes in loud and low over Stroud, search lights on looking for the Showground and a safe spot to land. It doesn’t happen often but when it does we all stop and listen and hope…
It happened again on Friday night and our thoughts go out to the family and friends affected by this recent tragic accident.

Westpac Rescue fly us from Stroud to John Hunter in a fraction of the time it would take an ambulance – ensuring our loved ones get the best and fastest care possible. And for this reason we are all very grateful.

Another local family from Allworth faced an unexpected accident last month and are being part of a fundraising project to help raise money for the Westpac Rescue Service. The following story was published in the Newcastle Herald on Friday and shines a light on this amazing rescue service.

Real Superheros are right here in the Hunter

A tale of fate or chance, you can choose. But Melissa Jenkins’ decision to jump on her 7-year-old daughter Sienna’s horse before the little girl did proved to be a lucky escape for both of them.

On February 17 this year at their family property in Allworth, near Stroud, the 300-kilogram horse unexpectedly reared up, throwing Melissa off before it came straight down and landed on top of her, crushing her into the ground. It then rolled up and over her pelvis. “I remember seeing his bum right in my face,” Melissa said.

This all happened with her husband Aaron, daughter Sienna and young son Levi, 4, watching on. While Aaron immediately called for medical assistance, Melissa lay in “excruciating pain”, unable to feel her back.

When paramedics arrived they administered two lots of morphine which did nothing to quell the pain and were unable to move her. It wasn’t until the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service arrived that Melissa was braced from head to toe with a suspected pelvic injury or spinal damage. While the doctor and paramedics worked on stabilising Melissa, it was aircrewman Graham Nickisson who reassured the distraught Sienna and Levi, “taking their mind off what was happening to mummy,” Melissa said. Read the full article www.theherald.com.au

Superhero Stride

Melissa and her family are now ambassadors for the Superhero Stride a 3-kilometre walk on Sunday, May 22 along Newcastle Foreshore to raise funds for the rescue service. Walkers are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite superhero. Young Levi has now decided he wants to become a helicopter pilot when he grows up and recently took a picture of Graham (“his real life hero”) to show and tell at Stroud Preschool.

The Jenkins family – or Superwoman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman – will be leading the walk, proud they are able to give back to the service that did so much for them.

“The chopper staff went above and beyond what was expected,” Melissa said. “You never know when you are going to need them.”

Westpac Rescue Service

If you’d like to make a donation to this vital service click on the following link every little bit helps keep this essential service in the air www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/SupportUs/Donate



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