Fundraising helicopter busy fighting Bees Nest fire as well as contributing to Cancer Council

FIGHTER: "Lucy" belongs to Fleet Helicopters who donate part of her fees to Cancer Council.
FIGHTER: "Lucy" belongs to Fleet Helicopters who donate part of her fees to Cancer Council.

Residents facing the Northern Tablelands fires might breathe a sigh of relief if they see a flash of pink.

But 'Lucy', one of the helicopters helping the RFS efforts to tackle the Bees Nest fire, is painted pink for a reason.

Owner Lockey Onslow decided to paint the chopper the distinctive colour and to donate a portion of his income to the NSW Cancer council.

The helicopter is operating out of Ebor Base 1, but is normally part of Armidale's Fleet Helicopters.

While refueling, Lucy's pilot James Rainger said the contributions were unique.

"I think Lucy is quite special. She helps us fight the fires and look after the community," he said.

"We are a local company operating in the area, and we like to support our local communities. But we also donate a portion of our operations rate to the NSW Cancer Council.

"The bright pink also means that we are increasing awareness of the fight against cancer, which most people know has affected someone that they are close to."