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Three rescuers and two ambulances rushed to the aid of a swan covered head to toe in blood today (Friday 9th Jan 2015).

Trevor Weeks MBE of Uckfield, Chris Riddington of Eastbourne and Tony Neads of Polegate all from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) rushed to the scene and found the swan  in a field just west of the road between the village of Wartling and Pevensey Service Station.

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A wildlife charity has been kept on its toes over the Festive Period with a variety of call-outs and casualties including a number of serious incidents.

Incidents have included….

2am Christmas Day an ambulance was called out to an injured fox in Eastbourne, but found to be limping but very mobile and not in need of rescue.

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WRAS Rescuers Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn have rushed to the aid of a poorly pigeon found in the garden of a house in Newton Road, Lewes this evening.

The pigeon is underweight and appears to be suffering with coccidia and possible other parasitic problems.  This one a several which have been rescued in the area recently causing rescuers concerns.

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A bird of prey gave rescuers a good workout at a sports centre in Eastbourne tonight (Friday 19th September).  The sparrowhawk flew inside the large sports hall at Eastbourne Sports Park off Cross Levels Way Eastbourne on Thursday 18th September after chasing a starling inside. Staff at the sports hall left doors open but the hawk was not leaving so they called out volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) for help. Thursday night rescuers had to wait for the evenings sports activities to finish before they could start their rescue mission which kept the rescuers busy till midnight where the mission was put on hold till the following night.

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A animal rescue charity is appealing to motorists to slow down at night to help avoid collisions with owls after a spate of 10 Tawny Owls being hit by vehicles in the past 6 weeks.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) has been called out to 10 Tawny Owls across East Sussex in the past 6 weeks all as a result of being hit by vehicles on the county’s roads.

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East Sussex WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE was nominated for and won the Animal Welfare Award in the BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Awards at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, on Thursday 13th December 2012.

Almost two months since receiving his MBE Trevor Weeks attended the prestigious awards after being nominated in the first ever Animal Welfare Award run by the BBC local radio. Virginia McKenna presented the Animal Welfare Award to Trevor towards the end of the evening. Virginia McKenna is best remembered for her 1966 role as Joy Adamson in the true-life film Born Free for which she received a nomination for a Golden Globe. Bill Travers, her real life husband, co-starred with her, portraying conservationist George Adamson, and the experience led them to become active supporters for wild animal rights and the protection of their natural habitat. Virginia McKenna appeared in An Elephant Called Slowly, a travelogue of what it was like years ago in Kenya. The film features her close friend conservationist George Adamson and also elephants Eleanor (brought up by conservationist Daphne Sheldrick) and young Pole Pole. The subsequent premature death of Pole Pole in London Zoo lead to Virginia McKenna and her husband launching the Zoo Check Campaign in 1984 and to establishing the "Born Free Foundation" in 1991.

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Just after 11pm on Monday 15th October on Eastbourne Road, Uckfield not far from the A22 junction, WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE, was driving home after a rescue, when a car overtook his ambulance and pulled in front of him with hazard lights on. Trevor assumed that the person had a casualty or something – after previously having been stopped in similar ways. The white male thought to be in his early 30s and about 6ft tall got out of the dark coloured, old style, either Ford and Vauxhall hatchback type vehicle. Trevor got out to see what the problem was, expecting the person to raise concerns about a casualty, but before Trevor knew what was happening, the man grabbed Trevor by the throat, forcefully pinned him to the side of the ambulance and started demanding "Where are the drugs, give me your drugs".

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On the 16th June 2012 WRAS founder Trevor Weeks was named in the Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours List to be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

The first he knew of this was when a letter arrived a month ago from the Cabinet Office stating "The Prime Minister has asked me to inform you, that having accepted the advice of the Head of the Civil Service and the Main Honours Committee, he proposes to submit your name to the Queen. He is recommending that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to approve that you be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Birthday 2012 Honours List."

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The founder of an animal shelter near Lewes has been bedding down with more than 50 hedgehogs to ensure they get essential food and medication.

Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has stayed on site whilst other volunteers struggle to make it through the heavy snow. After a bad weather spell, Trevor has been inundated with hedgehogs needing help. He currently has 53 hedgehogs, two wood pigeons, a badger, and a feral pigeon in care at the centre all which need regular cleaning, feeding and medication.

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