Stacey has often talked about wanting to go for a ride in a helicopter (as she reads about them in many of her books).

On Tuesday 15th December, staff surprised her with a trip with Helicopter Me. It’s the strength of the commitment to the people our staff support that makes us proud to showcase highlights like this.

She listened to the pilot’s instructions then eagerly climbed in and was grinning as we took off from Mechanics Bay by the port, and flew over the boats to the Harbour Bridge.

Throughout the whole trip, Stacey saw many of Auckland’s’ landmarks and enjoying pointing out the yachts and the Sky Tower, and looked at all the tiny cars and houses below as we flew over the city and out across Rangitoto Island.

When we landed, Stacey said that she would like to have another flight on another day, and take her Mum and sister next time. This self-determination is great to see and no doubt Stacey will get another opportunity in the future if that is what she wishes.

A big thank you to her team at Hepburn for providing her with the skills and means to be able to do something as exciting as this – but also helping her to achieve an ordinary life outcome. Great work team!