YOUNG carers recognised for their dedication at the Seaford Young Mayor Awards were rewarded with a day out at Drusillas. Will Smith, Aimee Helm, Declan Sullivan were named winners in the category and were able to enjoy their prize of a visit to the popular zoo.
The teenagers enjoyed a buffet lunch in Explorers Café Restaurant before experiencing one of the park’s new Animal Encounter sessions. Young mayor Maddie Jay and her deputy, Amy Gough welcomed the young carers.
Aimee, 15, a student at Seaford Head Community College, fed the zoo’s group of lemurs. Assisting section leader Debbie Iles, Aimee received a behind the scenes tour before giving the furry favourites their lunchtime feed of sunflower seeds, peanuts, dried banana and mixed fruit.
Sixteen-year-old Declan Sullivan, from Lewes Priory, fed the meerkats. With the help of zoo keeper Simon Knock, he delivered a large log into the enclosure before filling it with the animals’ favourite treats. Will Smith, 14, rounded off the day’s encounters by feeding the penguins. The Seaford Head Community College pupil, under the guidance of zoo keeper Laura Stevens, gave the feathered residents their afternoon fill of fish.
Managing director Christine Smith said, “We are delighted to have been able to offer these young people a special day out at the zoo. They are all incredibly deserving and we hope they had an enjoyable day with us.” E15021M