The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service are set to receive a brand new ambulance courtesy of pet insurance company, Animal Friends.
The insurers celebrated Christmas by donating £70,000 to 11 animal charities in the UK, including the WRAS, who will spend the funds on purchasing a replacement rescue vehicle.
The ambulances are a vital part of the service the WRAS provide, assisting with 600 casualties a year from injured deers to hedgehogs and swans.
Animal Friends Insurance has given the WRAS £9,250 to sponsor a new wildlife ambulance, the keys for which will be presented to the charity on Monday, January 13.
Trevor Weeks MBE, founder of the WRAS, said, “This has to be the best Christmas gift our charity has had in years.
“This year has been a difficult year with many challenges, especially trying to keep on top of the workload. One of our major worries was knowing that we were going to have to take one of our ambulances off the road in 2014.
“With vets bills, food bills, utility bills and other care costs continually increasing we were not sure we could afford to replace the ambulance, which would have left us with a vehicles short and less able to rescue casualties.
“Animal Friends Insurance will be helping to ensure hundreds of wildlife casualties a year are saved from suffering as a result of their support and on behalf of the casualties, thank you Animal Friends Insurance.”
The ambulance will be wrapped in Christmas paper and bows for the grand unveiling next week.
For more information on Animal Friends Insurance, visit www.animalfriends.org.uk.