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
"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
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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:
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.Follow us!
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.Follow us!
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.Follow us!
Wildlife Crisis Christmas Wildlife Race 2022
There is a crisis facing the wildlife of East Sussex, with rescues closing down, temporarily close or reducing their service thousands of wild animals and bird are at risk of just being put to sleep at veterinary practices because the rescues don't have space to take them all in.
East Sussex WRAS is fighting to expand and grow to deal with the short fall, already taking in cases from Brighton & Hove due to Rogers Wildlife Rescue permanently closing down and from Bexhill & Hastings due to local rescues either temporarily close or looking at closing down.
We need your help to raise enough money to expand and set up a new Casualty Centre.
Over the holiday season between Friday 23rd December 2022 to Tuesday 2nd January 2022 we want you to record a run, walk, cycle, swim or horse ride to help raise money for WRAS! 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 afterwards.
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!
There are two levels of entry this year:
Medal Entry: £12.50 to receive a WRAS Ambulance Christmas Medal. Certificate Entry: £8.00 to receive a WRAS Certificate.
(Plus Eventbrite fees)
To enter click here.
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 or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 23rd December 2022 may take longer to send out medals, but entries will still be eligible to take part up till lunch time Monday 2nd January 2023. 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. Check out our Wildlife Crisis Appeal on Just Giving by clicking here. Or go to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/eastsussexwildlifecrisis
Thank you and stay safe.
To book your place go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wildlife-crisis-christmas-virtual-race-2022-tickets-422574791577Follow us!
WRAS Weekly Lottery
By joining the WRAS's Unity Lottery you can help support our work and stand a chance of winning up to £25,000.
Just click or scan the QR Code.
1) Cost of entry (£1 per entry; for every £1 you play each week, you'll receive a unique 6-digit lottery number)
2) Draw day (every Friday a winning number is drawn at random)
3) Age restriction; players must be 16 and over
4) Licence and promoter information e.g.
“The promoter of this Unity Lottery is Murrae Hume.
East Sussex WRAS is licensed and regulated in Great Britain by Eastbourne Borough Council under account number […].”
5) External lottery manager information e.g.
“Unity is a common brand lottery jointly promoted by Sterling Management Centre Limited and individual society lotteries. Each Lottery operated under Unity is a separate licensed lottery, operated by and supporting that particular good cause. Unity is administered by Sterling Management Centre Limited, licensed and regulated in Great Britain by The Gambling Commission under account number 3137.”
6) The odds of winning a prize for your players:
3 digit match = 1 in 69
4 digit match = 1 in 823
5 digit match = 1 in 18,518
6 digit match = 1 in 1,000,000
All players have a 1 in 63 chance of winning ANY prize!
7) A link to the rules of the game: https://www.unitylottery.co.uk/rules/
8) The profit split breakdown e.g.
“A minimum of 50% of the total lottery proceeds go to supporting the work carried out by East Sussex WRAS, 18.4% on prizes and 31.6% on expenses and administration of the lottery.”
9) A link to the Gambling Commission website: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/
10) A link to the Be Gamble Aware website: https://www.begambleaware.org/
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.Follow us!
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. They can be set up using their online banking or by downloading a form and returning it to us to process for you with your bank.
You can download a Standing Order form by clicking here . Please print it out and return to it to East Sussex WRAS, Unit 2, The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD or email it to us, and we will forward it to the bank for processing.
You can also set up a standing order using your online banking. If you wish to do so please give us a call on 01825-873003.
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.
Your support is valuable to WRAS and the casualties we help, so thank you very much for your help.Follow us!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
This video is a walk through of the process involved in using the Bequeathed Will for Good free will writing service.Follow us!
Vision for a New Centre.
On 4th September 2010 WRAS opened the doors to its current Casualty Centre. Back then we only had a single unit. We rapidly outgrew this facility and now occupy four different units. Unfortunately 11 years on we need to expand even further.
Over the last few years we have been limiting and delaying some expenditure to help save money where possible, but some costs like disinfectant, masks and gloves have increased as has fuel, veterinary and medication costs.
East Sussex WRAS is one of the biggest wildlife hospitals in the South East and has plans to build a new Casualty Centre in the heart of East Sussex and has some funds already put aside to help with this. We currently need an extra £150,000 to hit our first target so we can procure land and start the next step in establishing a new centre, but this will be just the first stage in the work. The final costs of buying land, building a centre, installing veterinary caging and equipment, building and erecting outdoor facilities as well as installing utilities and the planning and development is expecting to eventually costs in the region of £2-3 million.
This will not happen overnight. Our current Casualty Centre is too small, we can no longer expand and we need our own buildings and land. We have already put funds aside over the last 5-6 years to help with this project. We aim to eventually be one of the biggest wildlife hospitals in the country with veterinary science and compassion at the forefront of what we do. This facility would have proper isolation facilities so that in crisis times like this there would be no risk to the casualties in care and we would still be able to admit and guarantee casualties treatment without the threat of all our casualties being euthanized.
Over the last five years we have also been putting some money aside from legacies in order to look at purchasing our own land and set up a new Casualty Centre. This exciting new venture will not be cheap. Land suitable for development is often purchased for housing by investors pricing us out of the market. But we are still looking and investigating sites.
We hope the new site will still be in the Hailsham area so we can continue to serve the heart of East Sussex but also increase our ability to help with rescues in Brighton and Hove as well as the Hastings area.
At the new centre we would aim to have additional outdoor pens and aviary facilities, bigger and improved veterinary facilities, including improved first aid and assessment rooms, surgical prep area, theatre, and x-ray rooms. We will increase capacity and look at improving our facilities for holding foxes, badgers, waterfowl, birds of prey, bats, swifts and swallows as well as reptile and amphibians . We also plan to have better isolation facilities so that when Bird Flu or other such problems hit we can cope without risking the lives of the other birds in care.
We also hope we will be able to improve our office and meeting room facilities to make our administration more efficient as well as increase our ability to run training courses for staff, volunteers, students and members of the public. It is hoped that we will have an area for the public to visit, shop and learn about the charity and how to help wildlife.
Stage One is to procure land so we can start putting plans in place for our new Casualty Centre. We currently need to raise an additional £150,000 to make this possible.
If you can spare an extra donation to help us expand and set up our new Casualty Centre please make a donation via one of the following:
Or give us a call on 01825-873003. Thank you.
Thank you so much for all your support, this is really appreciated by the wildlife of East Sussex.Follow us!
Thank you for thinking of raising money for WRAS! We want your event to be a success and raise as much money as possible. It is important when raising money to be legal, open, honest and respectful.
Please download a copy of our Fundraising Guide to help you out and stay legal and meet the requirements of the Fundraising Regulator and other statutory bodies.
Click Here to download our Fundraising Guide.
This document sets out everything you needs to know in order to help ensure that we meet the requirements of the Fundraising Regulator as well as ensuring that you and the charity stays safe. We want you to enjoy supporting WRAS and your fundraising event and this document will help guide you in the right direction and help prevent fundraising mishaps. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us direct on 01825-873003.
If you are organising a sponsored event please feel free to download an use this sponsorship forms.
Payroll Giving is a way of giving money to charity without paying tax on it. It must be paid through PAYE from someone’s wages or pension and is deducted before tax.
Your employer needs to set up and run the scheme. The amount of tax relief you get depends on the rate of tax you pay. if your employer doesn't have a system in place to set this up encourage them to contact a Payroll Giving Agency.
Contact a Payroll Giving agency to set up a scheme.
Make deductions each time you run payroll. The donation will be taken from your employees’ pay before tax but after National Insurance.
Send the donations to your agency - they’ll pass them on to the chosen charities.
Ask your agency any questions you or your employees have about the scheme.
Costs of running a scheme
Agencies may charge an administration fee. They usually deduct this from employees’ donations before they pass them to the charity. You can choose to pay the fee, meaning the charities will get more money.
You can deduct any costs of running the scheme from your business profits before tax.Follow us!
Virtual Race 2021 Results
The results by distance are as follows:
- 28.3 miles - Keith Ring - Cycling -
- 28.3 miles - Jane Ring - Cycling -
- 25.3 miles - Karen Nutt - Cycling - 01:31:00
- 25.11 miles - Julie Rout - Cycling - 02:14:00
- 15.68 miles - Emma Greensmith - Running - 03:16:00
- 15.68 miles - Martin Sales - Running - 03:39:09
- 15.59 miles - Emma Richbell - Running -
- 13.29 miles - Rebecca Slattery-Kavanagh - Running - 03:23:10
- 10.0 miles - Aimee Ring - Running - 01:28:49
- 7.6 miles - Amanda Rock - Running - 01:35:00
- 7.47miles - Sarah Doherty - Running - 01:32:16
- 6.61 miles - Carla Dray - Walking - 02:40:00
- 6.61 miles - Andy Lee - Walking - 02:40:00
- 6.52 miles - Tania Bennett - Running - 01:22:00
- 6.45 miles - Susan Clark - Running - 01:27:00
- 6.2 miles - Alistair Keith - Walking - 04:11:00
- 6.2 miles - Moira Keith - Walking - 04:11:00
- 6.2 miles - Victoria Keith - Walking - 04:11:00
- 5.12 miles - Kirsty Taylor - Running - 00:58:34
- 4.97 miles - Andy Beirne - Rowing -
- 4.6 miles - Gemma Ashcroft - Walking - 01:42:38
- 4.22 miles - Danielle Richardson - Running - 00:52:10
- 4.22 miles - Hannah Dennis - Running - 00:52:10
- 3.8 miles - Kate Edmonds - Walking - 01:27:00
- 3.64 miles - Julie Brown - Running - 00:40:20
- 3.54 miles - Wendy Tagg - Running - 00:45:40
- 3.53 miles - Sonya Barnett - Walking - 01:47:29
- 3.38 miles - Linsey King - Running - 00:39:00
- 3.3 miles - Clare Musham - Walking - 01:23:00
- 3.3 miles - Steve Jones - Walking - 01:23:00
- 3.32 miles - Wendy Dickinson - Walking - 01:30:00
- 3.32 miles - Emma Dickinson - Walking - 01:30:00
- 3.1 miles - Alice Colgate - Running - 00:33:39
- 3.1 miles - Jack Wood - Running - 00:26:06
- 3.06 miles - Henry Terry - Running - 00:28:52
- 3.01 miles - Rebecca Norris - Running - 00:33:22
- 3.01 miles - Rachel Liles - Running - 00:33:22
- 2.96 miles - Vicki Sudall - Walking - 01:35:06
- 2.86 miles - Jayne Wood - Walking - 00:31:00
- 2.79 miles - Kerry Derbyshire - Running - 00:31:02
- 2.74 miles - Ann Gordon - Walking - 01:00:33
- 2.74 miles - Rowenna Gordon - Walking - 01:00:33
- 2.7 miles - Ruby-Jude Fleming Hall - Walking - 01:07:00
- 2.7 miles - Fynn Fleming Hall - Walking - 01:07:00
- 2.68 miles - John Mewett - Running - 00:40:35
- 2.65 miles - Angela Parker - Walking - 01:03:00
- 2.59 miles - Kathyrn Martyn - Running - 00:26:42
- 2.58 miles - Claire Pooley - Running - 00:57:12
- 2.58 miles - Tilly McIntyre - Running - 00:57:12
- 2.51 miles - Tony Crayford - Running - 00:33:10
- 2.51 miles - Vanessa Wood-Mewett - Running - 00:36:28
- 2.51 miles - Fiona Knapman - Walking -
- 2.51 miles - Isobel Knapman - Walking -
- 2.50 miles x 4 - Lisa Venn - Walking -
- 2.50 miles - Lucie Petchey - Running -
- 2.50 miles - Samantha Briffett - Running - 00:24:19
- 2.50 miles - Emily Yulle - Running - 00:23:25
- 2.50 miles - Colleen Shaw - Walking / Running - 58:11
- 2.50 miles - Abbie Marsden - Running - 00:30:02
- 2.50 miles - Dannee Boniface - Running - 00:30:28
- 2.50 miles - Lorraine West - Running - 00:22:30
- 2.50 miles - Kristina Relf - Running - 00:24:04
- 2.50 miles - Graham Hastings - Running - 00:26:46
- 2.50 miles - Jo Crayford - Running - 00:33:28
- 2.50 miles - Susan Povey - Walking -
- 2.50 miles - Elizabeth Gray (aged 7) - Walking - 02:00:00
- 2.50 miles - Miriam Gray (aged 4) - Walking - 02:00:00
This list will be further updated on Monday 5th April.Follow us!
Every now and then we get a legacy and more frequently donations 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.
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 donations totalling £25 or more via a funeral directors or receive donations in memory of someone in the post or online, we will place a leaf on the memory tree with their name on.
We welcome family and friends to visit (by appointment) to see the leaf in reception once created. Please be aware that we occasionally have to restrict access to reception if Avian Influenza or another such risk in present in the community.
For more information please contact us on 01825-873003.
You can donate in memory of a friend or loved one by clicking here:
For information about legacies please click here.Follow us!