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Northern NSW : Summer 2011
Jayne Eather started to raise funds for the Service in 1979 at Singleton Hospital. Jayne worked there and would see the helicopter land at the back of the hospital. After helping to arrange a cup of tea and food for the pilot and crew (she liked the men in uniform!) she would roam the hospital asking for donations and give the money to the crew to bring back to the office. Jayne is now entering her 4th year as Chairperson of the Singleton Support Group. Her son Danny is the Secretary, other son Bradley and husband Graham are the quiet achievers of the group. Twenty four year old Danny works full time as a Marketing Coordinator for Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism at Singleton and brings a fresh perspective to the Group and their activities. New generation of volunteers Christine Taylor joined the Maitland Support Group after meeting with a very passionate and dedicated volunteer at the Maitland Show over 4 years ago. After ‘learning the ropes’ at various events for a year or two, Christine assumed the Treasurer’s job. Both her daughter and son have helped the group doing odd jobs at events. Nicholas became an official volunteer after holding his own fundraiser in which he shaved his hair off - raising $2055.05. Nick is a great help and full of great ideas which he contributes at meetings and events. His sister, Natalie has not officially joined the group but is a great asset to the group with her skills in merchandising. The Taylor family know all too well the importance of this vital service as it has come to the assistance of family and friends, all of whom were involved in vehicle accidents. Christine says that they have met many people through volunteering that have benefitted from the Service and their stories are incredible. Lorraine Corcoran was part of the group that initiated the Cessnock Support Group in September 1997. Her motivation for becoming involved was personal. Lorraine’s son-in-law Craig was transported by the helicopter and crew after he had an accident with a kangaroo at Pokolbin on his way to work at Wambo Colliery one morning in May 1995. She has been an active contributor ever since and has introduced her grandson Cody Corcoran to fundraising. Ten year old Cody has been part of the raffle ticket selling since he was four!! He is a regular at Hunter Valley Gardens and does an outstanding job next to the ‘begging bucket’ promoting donations for the Service. After a six month recovery Craig has been back at work in the mining industry across the region. At Maitland: “Proud to be a volunteer of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service” At Cessnock: “We didn’t think he would survive; the helicopter saved his life” At Singleton: “I just love the helicopter” Danny and Jayne Eather Craig Naysmith (left) with volunteers Lorraine Corcoran and her grandson Cody Corcoran. Christine and Nicholas Taylor Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2011 Page 7
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