Your legacy is our future

Time is an incredible gift to give someone, it was the main reason that we wanted to leave a lump sum in our Will, not just out of gratitude for saving Bruce’s life, but with the desire to give someone else that gift of time. 


Your rescue helicopter ensures people like you can reach the best possible medical care in the fastest time possible, dramatically improving the chance of survival and recovery. Leaving a gift in your Will means your rescue helicopter can continue to save hundreds of people each year.

Every year your rescue helicopter faces significant funding challenges. Your decision to leave us a bequest has a huge impact on our service, as we receive no direct government funding. Many of the missions we carry out are only possible thanks to the gifts left by generous people like you.

Invest in the future of your rescue helicopter and save lives with a gift in your Will. Your legacy is contributing significantly to our long-term financial well-being and helps us ensure the saving of lives well into the future.

Your Legacy is our future

Write your Will online for free with Gathered Here

Invest in the future of your Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter and help save lives with a gift in your Will.

We have partnered with Gathered here, an online platform that offers a completely free Will-writing service for our supporters.

Click here to learn more about writing your FREE Will.

Your legacy is not only contributing significantly to our long-term financial well-being but will also help us ensure the saving of lives well into the future.

Our Assurance to You

We know that leaving a gift in your Will is a deeply personal decision. If you are considering making a bequest we want you to know how seriously we regard your decision.

  • We will use your gift wisely. We promise to use your gift to provide exceptional rescue services.
  • We will be available. We are here and available to answer any questions you may have about our rescue service, how Philips Search and Rescue Trust is run and how your planned gift will be used.
  • We will respect your privacy. We promise that anything you discuss with us will be held in confidence.
  • You can change your mind. We realise your circumstances and priorities may change and so might your will.

Download our Bequest booklet to find out more or send us a query using the form and we will get in touch.

Read Gill & Bruce's story in our Legacy booklet


I have decided to make a gift to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter in my Will. How can I be sure I am doing it correctly?

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Take this booklet with the sample wording to your lawyer for their legal advice. If you have a Will already, your lawyer will add a ‘codicil’, without having to rewrite your entire Will

Should I tell you that I am including a gift in my Will?

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We understand that you may wish to keep the contents of your Will private, however if you have included a gift to your rescue helicopter, this will help us plan for the future and we would like to be able to thank you personally

Is the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter going to receive all the benefits of the gift?

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Your gift goes directly to your rescue helicopter to continue its life-saving work.

I want to make sure my gift is used wisely. Can I talk to someone about this?

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Of course, we would love to talk to you about the impact your gift will make. Please give us a call on 0800 11 10 10, or you can email us at legacy@rescue.org.nz with the best number to reach you on and one of our team will give you a call.

Philips Search & Rescue Trust is the charity that manages the marketing and fundraising for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter. It is listed publicly on the charities register. Detailed information about Philips Search & Rescue Trust can be viewed online and found at; https://register.charities.govt.nz/CharitiesRegister/Search by searching Charity Number – CC26698 

We're Here to Help

If you have any other questions, or would like to have a confidential chat on leaving a gift in your Will to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, please email legacy@rescue.org.nz. We'd love to hear from you!

Other ways to get involved

Fundraise in the Community

Create a fundraising page here on our website. Set up an event and a goal, and make a real difference to your community! Whatever the event, you're sure to have fun whilst supporting your rescue helicopter.

Donate Monthly

You can now easily set up regular donations online to the your rescue helicopter. As a regular donor, we will keep you up to date with the news from your rescue helicopter & the impact of your donation.

Visit Our Online Shop

Check out our merch for your rescue helicopter in our online shop. Ideal gifts for the whole family. All proceeds go directly to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter.