Fundraise

Sussex WRAS is a registered charitable company, registered with both the Charity Commission and Companies House. Every year WRAS receives between 2-3,000 calls for help. The main areas of expenditure for WRAS are veterinary bills, ambulance and transportation bills, purchase of equipment and supplies and our rescue phone line and mobiles.

The charity spends the majority of its money on the practical help for wildlife casualties, paying veterinary bills, ambulance expenses, keeping a mobile phone rescue service running, veterinary and hospital supplies, purchases the equipment needed to rescue casualties, training of medics, the purchase of cages, erecting pens as well as food and other disposable items needs for the care of wildlife casualties. A small amount of money is also spent on fundraising, and educational work.

Our accounts are submitted every year and are available to download from the Charities Commission Website.

The Fields Were My Theatre Book

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Book Cover

"The Fields Were My Theatre" By Trevor Weeks MBE.

ISBN: 978-0-9933753-0-9  Launch Date: 29th August 2015.

Cover Design By: Steve Jones mpasfphotography.com

Trevor spent much of his childhood around animals and out in the countryside, so it was no surprise that his life became dedicated to wildlife rescue and conservation work.

His wild career started in 1985 when he joined the Eastbourne Conservation Volunteers. Year by year his devotion to wildlife grew and has supported him through some tough periods in his life.   From treating oiled guillemots at the Sea Empress Oil Spill in Wales and Swan crashing into cables in Kent plus the rescue of a dolphin in a Cumbrian harbour to dramatic local deer rescues, Trevor has been at the sharp end of wildlife rescue.  He has even been hospitalised on a few occasions.

This book celebrates Trevor’s wild life as 2015 was Trevor’s 30th year undertaking wildlife rescue and conservation work, as well as the 20th anniversary of the establishment of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue, the 10th anniversary of East Sussex WRAS becoming a registered charity and the 5th anniversary of WRAS new Casualty Centre at Whitesmith.

This book has been written purely to help raise vital funds for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service to help keep the charities ambulances on the road saving thousands of casualties every year.

The book is 240 pages and includes 32 colour pages of photos.

Reccommended Retail price £8.99.   The book is available to by at our Charity Shop at 192 Terminus Road, Eastbourne. Or from our Reception at The Casualty Centre, Unit 2, The Shaw Barn, A22, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.

It is also available from Waterstones Online.

Editorial Thanks to Dilly Barlow and Kathy Martyn

Some of the names and locations in this book have been changed to avoid embarrassment or to ensure privacy. The views expressed in this book are purely those of the author and not necessarily those of East Sussex WRAS nor any other person involved in the charity, editorial or publishing of this book.

© 2015 by the author of this book, Trevor Weeks. The author retains sole copyright to this book.

Published by:  Trevor Weeks MBE

East Sussex WRAS, Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD

ISBN: 978-0-9933753-0-9

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Just Giving

Just Giving is a great way of raising money for sponsored events or in memory of someone.

If you want to make a single donation or regular monthly donation via Just Giving then go to https://www.justgiving.com/eastsussexwras

Like most websites these organisations take a small percentage of what is raised to cover their costs generally less than 5%.  However they also deal with the Gift Aid paperwork saving us money and time too.

if you would like to set up a fundraising event to raise money for WRAS just visit https://www.justgiving.com/eastsussexwras  and click on fundraise for us.

We currently have the following people fundraising for WRAS:

Sara Humphrey is doing a bungee jump on 14th July 2018. To support her click here.

Chris Riddington has been challenged to complete the amazing 100k Race to the Stone along the Chiltons over the 14th & 15th July 2018. Please support him here:

Recently:

Trevor Weeks ran the Barcombe 10K on 7th May 2018 and raised over £800 via Justgiving and Facebook.  Check out her story here.

Ebony Aloof cycled all the way from Eastbourne Pier to Bexhill Pavilion and has raised over £210 plus gift aid.  Check out her story Here.

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Cash In Your Gadgets

“Support East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service by selling or recycling your old gadgets.

Dig out your old Laptop, PC, MacBook or iMac. Then click on the image above or use the link below to access the East Sussex WRAS page on the Cash in your Gadgets website. Then simply follow the short and simple process to get an offer for your old item.

Click here to go East Sussex WRAS's Cash In Your Gadgets page.

 Cash in your Gadgets will then collect your item, completely wipe your data from the hard drive and pay you. Once complete, Cash in your Gadgets will then make a donation to East Sussex WRAS on your behalf of up to £20.00!

“Nothing to landfill, complete data wiping and donations to East Sussex WRAS what's not to love!”

“Millions of households have old or unused gadgets gathering dust, so put yours to good use with Cash in Your Gadgets. Nothing goes to landfill, complete data wiping and you can do all this along with helping East Sussex WRAS help suffering wildlife" said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE.

About Cash In Your Gadgets

Cash in Your Gadgets is one of the UK’s leading online used tech selling platforms, purchasing Laptops, PC’s, Macbooks, iMacs, Chromebooks and All In One PC’s though a simple and quick online quote system.

Collection is free of charge and available 7 days a week. Gadgets are fully datawiped with a certificate provided at the end of the process and payment is made within two days of us receiving the device; via Paypal or bank transfer. With over 5000 reviews and a Trust Pilot score of 4.9 out of 5, you can be confident that your gadget is in safe hands.

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Go Fund Me

You can now raise money for charity using the Go Fund Me website. It operates in a similar way to a personal Go Fund Me page but the money gets donated direct to the chosen charity.

You don't have to set up a fundraiser to donate either, you can just make a single donation if you wish.

You can find out more about how Go Fund Me works by watching this video - click here.

To find out more and to set up a Go Fund Me Page click here.

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Christmas Wildlife Race 2021

We would love your help in raising money for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) by taking part in our  virtual race!

This year it is a little different to last year. We want you to complete 2.5 miles (4km) as its our 25th Year.

 It doesn't matter how far you go, or how fast you do it. We don't mind if you walk, run, swim, or cycle! You are welcome to do it just in your house and garden or even on a treadmill!

Over the holiday season between Friday 24th December 2021 and Tuesday 4th January 2022  we want you to record a run, walk, cycle,  or swim. Record it on a fitness, exercise or tracker app on your phone or just take a photo of yourself taking part, and we’ll send you your medal,  certificate afterwards.

As this is a special time of year we have a special bespoke medal being made for each finisher. We will post further details as soon as we are able to!

To get your medal and certificate you will need to send a screen shot of your fitness, exercise or tracker app showing how far you have gone and a photo of you taking part, along with your name, time and distance,  to events@eastsussexwras.org.uk. Don't forget to include on the e-mail your name, address, how far you managed to get and your time taken.  We will try to upload as many photos sent to us as possible when sent to us during the event.

Late entries after 12noon on Friday 24th December 2021 may take longer to send out medals and certificates, but  entries will  still be eligible to take part up till lunch time Monday 3rd January 2022. Enter as normal.

You can help raise even more money by getting your friends and family to sponsor you too. Our charity is listed on Just Giving, Go Fund Me and Facebook fundraising.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure you follow the current guidance and advice on Covid-19 whilst taking part and to keep your activity within any local or national restrictions.

Thank you and stay safe.

To enter please click here.

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Weather Lottery

By joining the WRAS's Weather Lottery you can help support our work and stand a chance of winning up to £25,000. 

Just click here to sign up!

Join our lottery, you could win £25,000

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Collection Tins

East Sussex WRAS has collection tins and buckets available for fundraising and form a valuable part of our fundraising effort to keep our charity sustainable for the future.

Collection tins can be used in a variety of ways including at funerals, shop counters, retirement parties, sponsorship and fundraising events, coffee mornings and much more.

East Sussex WRAS is registering with the Fundraising Regulator and as such it is important that those fundraising on behalf of WRAS do so in a legal, ethical and responsible way.

You can download a copy of our Code of Best Practice here.

Details of the Fundraising Regulators Code of Fundraising Practice can also be read here.

In addition to WRAS's code of best practice there are some important points to remember when using Collection tins:

  • You must have the land / property owners permission. If in a public location you may need a street collection licence from the local council.
  • You need to ensure the location is safe and the tin unlikely to be tampered with or stolen.
  • You must ensure the collection tin is not opened or the seal broken.
  • Tins should be returned to WRAS as soon as possible or if a permanent / long term (e.g. on a shop counter) they should be changed every 3 months.
  • In the event of a tin being stolen, damaged or tampered with East Sussex WRAS should be contacted immediately.
  • It is your responsibility to look after the collection tin, and ensure its safe return to East Sussex WRAS.

If you would like to use a collection tin please contact East Sussex WRAS on 01825-873003.

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Standing orders

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Two young collared doves

Many people can’t afford to make very big one-off donations and prefer to donate small amounts on a regular basis which then add up to a significant amount over time.  Giving by standing order is a valuable way of helping charities like WRAS, and helps make us more financially secure.  It helps us plan for the future and budget which can be really difficult for small charities who rely on donations.

You are in full control

We only use Standing Orders, and not Direct Debits, so you and your bank are in full control of the payments.  You can set up a standing order using you internet banking or telephone banking.  Our details are:

Account Name: “East Sussex WRAS”
Account: 02529656
Sort Code: 30-92-86

Please use your Supporter ID Number (if you know it) and name as the reference so that this appears on our Bank Statement. We would be grateful if you could also email Julia to notify her that you have set up a standing order and on which day of the week it will be processed, and the amount.

Alternatively, click here to download a standing order / donation form. Please print it out and return to it to Julia Bond, East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, BN25 9DE or email it to us, and we will forward it to the bank for processing.

How your support can help

Donating £1 a month
£1 is how much it costs to give a life saving antibiotic injection to a poorly hedgehog or over a year this would be enough to buy bag of hedgehog biscuits.

Donating £2.50 a month
This would pay for a tin of A/d a special prescription food which we use when feeding up emaciated hedgehogs and birds of prey. Over a year this would be enough to pay for an x-ray on a road casualty badger.

Donating £5 a month
It costs £5 to buy a trauma gauze for stopping a severely injury animal from bleeding to death. In twelve months this would be enough to buy a rescue net and extending pole.

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Leaving WRAS a Gift in your Will?

Why support WRAS by leaving a Gift in your Will?

We do not receive any central Government or National Lottery funding, we are totally reliant on the incredible generosity of our supporters.  Without you we could not continue our vital work of rescuing, caring and rehabilitating injured, lost, orphaned and abandoned wildlife.

Annually we responded to and deal with free of any charge to over 5000 casualties, this includes veterinary bills, food, water, electric, bedding, caging, rescue equipment, vehicles and fuel, phone bills and other necessary expenses.  The number of casualties are increasing year on year.  Habitat degradation,  pollution, disruption of ecosystem and climate change are all impacting on the life and survival of our wildlife.

By leaving a gift in your Will no matter how large or small, will be a lasting gift, your compassion and kindness will help secure the future of WRAS and the vital service we provide to our wildlife.

Once your loved ones have been provided for please consider leaving a gift in your Will to  East Sussex WRAS. (Please state our official title “East Sussex WRAS” and including our registered charity number 1108880).

Making a will does not need to be difficult, however, you may worry about assets to be allocated, to whom and how. Writing your Will gives you peace of mind and removes the burden to your family to take on this  task at their time of bereavement. A bequest to WRAS need not affect your families financial stability.

As a charity, all bequests are free from all liability for inheritance tax and can be used to bring the value of your estate below the tax threshold which can be of tremendous benefit for those you leave behind.

There are a number of different types of gift you can make to support the work of WRAS in your will:

  • Pecuniary Legacy a gift of a sum of money (it is possible to add a pecuniary legacy to an existing Will using a simple Codicil document)
  • Residuary Legacy a gift of a share or all of what is left of your estate after all other payments have been made.
  • A specific gift this could be a gift of anything from a piece of jewellery or a property to a selection of shares.

It is important that your Will is legal, we recommend that you contact a professional for help in preparing your will.

East Sussex WRAS has partnered with Bequeathed - make your will for good, who offer a free will writing service and provide advice for WRAS supporters. 

You can find out more about Bequeathed and their service by clicking here.

You can arrange an appointment for a video chat with Bequeathed by clicking here

You can alternatively phone Bequeathed on 020 8191 0587 or by e-mail using support@bequeathed.org or by post to Bequeathed Limited, Acre House, 11/15 William Road, London NW1 3ER. 

If you would like to discuss leaving a gift in your will with WRAS direct please do not hesitate to contact  trevor@eastsussexwras.org.uk or telephone Trevor Weeks on 01825873003. East Sussex WRAS are unable to offer advice on will writting, but Bequeathed offer a free Will writting service and offer free advice.

If you have already kindly left a gift in your Will to WRAS then please download and complete the WRAS Legacy Pledge Form

Thank you.

This video is a walk through of the process involved in using the Bequeathed Will for Good free will writing service.

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Give As You Live

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Photo Competition 2021

As it is WRAS’s 25th year as a voluntary group, we want to celebrate the nature of East Sussex by running a nature photo competition.  It will be £5 to enter up to 5 photos and then an additional £1 per extra photo sent.  The photos have to be based on the theme of “Sussex Nature”  so can include photos of wildlife, plants or country scenes etc.

In each edition of the newsletter we will announce a winner who will receive a  celebratory WRAS 25th Year mug and their photo in the newsletter and on our social media sites. We will also produce a calendar of the best entries,  anyone featuring in the calendar will also receive a WRAS 25th year mug too.

How to enter:  Your photos need to be in either a png, gif, jpg, bmp or similar picture format and between 1 and 2 MB in size.

E-mail your photos as an attachment to media@eastsussexwras.org.uk along with your name, address and phone number.

Then send payment via paypal to the same e-mail address and add a note with the payment to say it is WRAS’s Photo Competition and your name.

If you are sending money from a different e-mail address from which you are sending the photos, please give the e-mail address in the note so we can match up the payment to the photos.

We can also accept photos on disk or memory card with a cheque payable to “East Sussex WRAS” if sent to East Sussex WRAS, Unit 2, The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, BN8 6JD.

Want to buy a mug?  If you don’t want to enter but fancy buying one of our celebratory 25th year mugs then you can pick one up from our Eastbourne Charity Shop at 192 Terminus Road Eastbourne BN21 3BB, or from our the reception at our Casualty Centre. They are also available via our Ebay site for £5.00 plus postage.

Terms & Conditions:

The organisers reserve the right to modify these terms and conditions without notice.

Competition entry

  1. By entering the Competition, you agree to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions and to comply fully with them. 
  2. Competitions are open to all residents of England.
  3.  If you are under the age of 18 you must have permission to enter the Competition from your parent or guardian. By submitting an entry for the competition, your parent/carer/guardian is deemed to have given such consent and to agree to the use of the entry as described in these terms and conditions.
  4. The Organisers cannot be held responsible for emails that do not arrive due to the entrant's email security settings or restrictions placed by their Internet service provider.
  5. All photographs must be entered via email to media@eastsussexwras.org.uk or electronically via the post East Sussex WRAS, Unit 2, The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, BN8 6JD.
  6. If your photograph features any person or people, they should be aware that they are being photographed and permission should be obtained from all involved (or their parent's/guardian's permission if under 16) for their photograph to be submitted in the competition. If it is clear that the people are not aware of their picture being taken or are embarrassed in any way by any entry we receive, East Sussex WRAS reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

Copyright and reproduction

  1. You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all images entered. You will retain copyright of your entries at all times and always be credited alongside your picture.
  2. See usage rights listed below
  3. Photos will only be reproduced into a calendar if there are enough suitable entries to do so.

Usage Rights

  1. By entering your images into the competition, you grant permission to East Sussex WRAS exclusive license to reproduce the images for the following purposes
  2. Printing of winning and highly commended photographs in local media. We ask that the press credit photographers where the images are used but cannot be held responsible for errors and omissions.
    Inclusion of winning and highly commended photographs on the East Sussex WRAS website.
  3. East Sussex WRAS related social media accounts. Photographers will be credited alongside their work.

Data Protection

The information you provide will be collected and stored by East Sussex WRAS and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We will only use your information for the purposes of administration of the Competition (including publishing your name and Town if you are the winner) and any other purposes to which you have consented. We will not pass your details on to any third party without your express permission.

Indemnity and Limitation of Liability

  1. To the maximum extent permitted by law, East Sussex WRAS excludes its liability for any loss, damage, injury, cost or expense suffered by you, whether directly or indirectly and howsoever caused, in connection with the Competition and use of any prize. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude East Sussex WRAS's liability for death or personal injury arising from East Sussex WRAS's own negligence or any other liability that cannot, as a matter of law, be excluded.
  2. You agree to indemnify East Sussex WRAS and keep East Sussex WRAS indemnified against any loss, damage, injury, cost or expense suffered by East Sussex WRAS as a result of your entry in the Competition, including (but not limited to) any claim of infringement of intellectual property rights made by any third party.

General

  1. You agree that if you are the winner, you will take part in and cooperate fully with reasonable publicity and to the use of your name and photograph in such publicity.
  2. East Sussex WRAS reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time through the East Sussex WRAS without giving notice.

If you would like to remove your entry from the competition then you can do so by emailing media@eastsussexwras.org.uk.
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with English Law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.Share this!

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Memory Tree

Every now and then we get a legacy or a donation in the post via a funeral director where money has been collected for our charity at a funeral instead of flowers or a collection has taken place. We find it really touching that at such a sad time people think highly enough of our humble charity to choose us to make donations.

We have wanted for a while to honour those people. In January 2018, in our reception we erected a “Memory Tree” on the wall, where leaves are being placed to remember those people.

We have already backdated quite a few leaves with peoples names on and are more than happy for people to visit and see the names in reception as a lasting memory, tribute and thank you.

These donations are invaluable and make a huge difference in keeping our service on the road so this is the least we can do to say thank you and remember those who, like us, loved wildlife.

Every time we receive a donation via a funeral directors or receive donations in memory of someone, we will place a leaf on the tree with their name on.  We welcome small groups of relatives and friends to visit, write the name on the leaf and tie the leaf to the tree by arrangement if they wish to do so.

For more information please contact Trevor Weeks on 01825-873003.

For information about legacies please click here.

 

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