Local charity East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) will be appearing on the new series of Animals 24:7 which starts Monday on BBC1. They will be featured in 5 episodes of the new series which should be broadcast on Wednesday 5th, Friday 7th November, Monday 10th November, Tuesday 11th November and Thursday 20th November.
A crew from True North Productions follow WRAS founder Trevor Weeks and other rescuers over the spring and summer filming various rescues including a rabbit stuck behind a radiator at Mayfield, a road casualty gull in Eastbourne, an orphaned baby deer near Gatwick and a swans stuck in ditches at Newhaven to name a few.
Presenter Tom Heap visited Sussex to work with Trevor on a couple of rescues including a drainage dyke next to Newhaven's Sainsburys after local residents became worried for the safety of a pair of swans and thier cygnets. After helping them back to their pond at the Drove Park, Trevor and Tom put on dry suits to clean out the dyke of rubbish and litter to make the environment safe for the swans.
"This was an unusual call-out. Normally we arrive at a rescue catch the casualty and go off and treat it, but this one was completely different and unusual as we needed to make the area safe for the swans as they were likely to return and the last thing we wanted was for them to injure themselves on the rubbish or eat anything unsafe" said Trevor, "the presenter Tom was very keen to help and got his hands dirty by getting in the smelly dyke to help clean it out."
"This sort of filming is good for raising our profile and showing people what we actually get up to, unfortunately it doesn't show the all the hard work of our Casualty Care Unit volunteers or that of fundraising volunteers, the administration and committee work which also goes on behind the scenes to keeping WRAS running" said Trevor,"without all these volunteers and their dedicated efforts WRAS could not exist".
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Press Contacts: Trevor Weeks, East Sussex WRAS, 07931 523958
Gemma, True North Productions, 0113 222 8283