With all face to face fundraising and major event activity on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has an appeal with a goal to raise over $300,000. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones said the funds raised will assist the helicopter service to save local lives across the region. "Annually, the people of Northern NSW are so generous in supporting this appeal," he said. "Year in year out we see that a little from many goes a long way and we are ever grateful for that. "We know that this year is different and donation support may be difficult for many in our community at this time. We are all in this together and we hope our appeal reaches out to everyone, with those who are able, taking the steps to make their support count at this crucial time." Mr Jones said the appeal comes as the community service also recognises 20 years of operation in Tamworth. He added that with the onset of coronavirus they have taken additional steps, over and above existing protection, to address the challenges associated with the virus. "This has been achieved through an increase in levels of personal protective equipment and modifying procedures to ensure the safety of patients and crew," Mr Jones said. "This invitation, however, is made mindful that many communities are yet to recover from the bushfire crisis and are now faced with these further challenges. "We are very conscious that not everyone in our community is in a position to donate but we will be very grateful to those that are able." Mr Jones said the service's focus remains on the provision of the best aeromedical support for those in need 24/7. The community can make donations to the Service’s Appeal at www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/Appeal or by FREECALL 1800 155 155.