Appeal launched for busy wildlife charity

Trevor Weeks SUS-150116-132708001

Trevor Weeks SUS-150116-132708001

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A Sussex based charity is celebrating multiple anniversaries and launching an appeal for funds.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service is celebrating the success of its casualty centre, which has completed its fifth year in operation this winter and also ten years as a registered charity, its 20th year as a voluntary group as well as celebrating founder Trevor Weeks’ completion of his 30th year undertaking wildlife rescue and conservation work in East Sussex and beyond.

Founder Trevor Weeks, who was raised in Hailsham and born in Eastbourne, started undertaking wildlife rescue and conservation work back in 1985 when he was just 13 in and around the Hailsham and Eastbourne area.

For the first ten years Trevor spent most of his time helping a variety of organisations like the Conservation Volunteers, local Badger Group, Amphibian and Reptile Group, and various individuals who ran small bird and wildlife hospitals from their homes.

Trevor also took on the role of Tree Warden and Common Pond Warden at Hailsham for a number of years in additional to helping to establish the group Environment Hailsham. Trevor started volunteering with Meta Mann who ran a bird hospital from her home in Seaford and collecting oiled covered seabird like guillemots and razorbills and delivering them to her as well as helping to wash and clean them.

“We are launching Trevor’s 30th Year Appeal to raise vital funds to help WRAS save our local wildlife,” said Trevor. “The WRAS workload has always been much higher than it can cope with but we want to change that and help even more casualties than ever before. We receive about 3,000 calls a year which is growing steadily but is unable to deal with the workload.

“WRAS is asking people to either make a donation of £30 as it’s my 30th year, or £20 as WRAS has been a voluntary group for 20 years or £10 as we have been a registered charity for 10 years or whatever amount they can afford to help.”

To make a donation online visit www.wildlifeambulance.org, call 01825-873003 or post to Trevor’s Appeal, East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, BN25 9DE.