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.
Volunteers working for a local wildlife charity have clocked up over 15,300 hours during 2008 and given over £20,000 of their own money to help members of the public who have found sick, injured or orphaned animals cross East Sussex.
"We've never added up the figures before and we were amazed when we realised just how many hours are put in by all these volunteers, we knew it was high but not that high" said Sue Wilkinson Chairperson of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
Wildlife Hospitals and Sanctuaries across East Sussex are full to bursting and struggling to deal with the hundreds of calls-outs which are coming in each week.
"All the main organisations we use are telling us that they are full and one centre is no longer answering it rescue line as it cannot cope with the calls and has no space left. At WRAS our rescue centre is constantly turning over casualties and farming them out to our dedicated volunteers who are doing a marvelous job but we have now dealt with over 500 more incidents than this time last year." said Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex WRAS.
A voluntary charity has been pushed to its limits after receiving calls about 69 incidents in 48 hours involving 76 casualties. Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday (3rd and 4th June) volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has received calls concerning 69 incidents across the county.
East Sussex’s best known wildlife rescue charity is appealing for volunteers not to help with rescues, but to help behind the scenes with the organisation and running of the charity. East Sussex WRAS is looking for volunteers who love animals but who are unable to help with rescues, to get involved with record keeping, organising events and co-ordination of other volunteers within the organisation.
A busy Sussex wildlife rescue charity is in need of volunteers who can help with collections and delivering casualties around East Sussex. The Charity is way up on last years incidents and is struggling to cope with the demand which is higher than this time last year.
Volunteers from a wildlife rescue charity have dealt with mixed emotions this Christmas and seen the happy and sad side of the job covering 24 hours a day over the festive period and into New Year.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has had volunteers working all over the Christmas and New Year period. Whilst founder Trevor Weeks has taken his first proper week’s holiday in over 15 years, he has left a dedicated team of volunteers behind to cover.
Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) was overwhelmed by the number of volunteers which have offered their time and help at the new Horsebridge Casualty Care Unit.
"I was expecting no more than 20 people to turn up and I could not believe that people just kept coming through the door," said Trevor, " it got to the point that people had to stand which is brilliant."
A charity which almost closed two months ago, is on the verge of opening a new Casualty Care Centre at Horsebridge near Hailsham, East Sussex.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), was on the verge of having to close just over two months ago, with huge vets bills, but with the support of local media, and fundraising efforts from WRAS volunteers, the charity has managed to raise enough money to get the Horsebridge Critical Care Unit off the ground in order to help reduce veterinary costs and improve the care the group is able to give wildlife casualties in the area.