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MARCH 2024 TALK – EAST SUSSEX WILDLIFE RESCUE & AMBULANCE SERVICE

Trevor Weeks MBE gave an inspiring talk about the conservation work of the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (East Sussex WRAS) which he personally founded in 1996. Trevor explained that the Service has charity status and relies wholly on donations from the general public with no contribution from central or local government.  It also relies heavily on volunteers.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service

The role of the East Sussex WRAS is to rescue distressed wildlife across East Sussex stretching into Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill and to return casualties back into the wild whenever possible. Casualties are either dealt with on site with expert teams on hand or taken to the East Sussex WRAS centre at Whitesmith for care and treatment often involving intricate surgery. 

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The centre has 5 ambulances and is fully equipped to treat all forms of injuries with the help of a veterinary surgeon – part time in the less busy winter months and full-time in the very busy late spring and summer months. 

Over 5,900 casualties alone were dealt with in 2023. The team are on 24 hour call-out on a rotating basis. The Group was moved by the very distressing scenarios described by Trevor in his presentation often by way of video footage. 

Donations in support of the work of the East Sussex WRAS can be made by visiting the East Sussex WRAS website at www.wildlifeambulance.org or calling 01825 873003.

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