There are many ways in which you can help us continue our vital work. We are always in need of volunteers, or if fundraising is more your thing, then we have plenty of ideas to get you started! We also offer an exclusive chance to become a hedgehog helper for a day, which you can either sign yourself up for, or give it as a present to someone special.
Have you ever heard of the saying “Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves”? I am a firm believer in that and a principle that I have applied to WRAS ever since its launch in 1996.
We have had to really scrimp and save over the years and many of us have had to use our own personal money so that WRAS can keep going and grow to where it is today. We are all passionate about animal welfare and our volunteers and staff work exceptionally hard to help as many casualties as they can, but it never seems enough! There are still hundreds of casualties which die needlessly or get ignored by passers by. We need WRAS to grow so that eventually not a single wildlife casualty will need to suffer in East Sussex ever again!
Therefore, for 2022 we are asking as many people as possible to take part in our Loose Change Challenge!
Enclosed you will find a small card collection box. The challenge is simple – to fill the box with your loose change and then donate the money to East Sussex WRAS!
Alternative you could challenge a friend to do so and match whatever they manage to raise in their box. If you think this is too easy, we have some larger plastic money pots now available for collection from our Charity Shop or Casualty Centre which you can use instead!
Full instructions are below of how to get the money to us safely and these posts give you some examples of how your donations will be able to help us help the wildlife of East Sussex.
The challenge is running all year. Those who complete the challenge will get a mention on our Challenge Roll of Honour on Facebook. If you take a photo of you holding your full box we will publish this on our facebook page (if you give us permission) as a thank you!
On behalf all the animals, we help every year, thank you, your support is what keeps us going and helps us expand.
Trevor Weeks MBE Founder & Operations Director
Obtaining A Box:
If you have not already been sent a box, we can post you one by calling 01825-873003 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Or you can call in at our WRAS Charity Shop at 192 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3BB or our WRAS Casualty Care Centre, Unit 2 The Shaw Barn, A22, Whitesmith, BN8 6JD.
The boxes are simple to set up. Open the centre of the flattened box up and gently squeeze the edges so the box becomes rectangular. Fold in the tabs at both ends to secure the box. Please place one of the circular WRAS logos stickers across either end to prevent the box from opening up.
The circular charity label is for use when the box is full so put this somewhere safe. It should be placed over the coin slot once you have finished collecting.
Using Your Box:
These boxes are for home use only. They must not be used publicly to collect money for East Sussex WRAS.
Returning Your Box:
Once full, you can donate the money in the following ways:
• Hand the box in at our WRAS Charity Shop at 192 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3BB
• Hand the box in at our Casualty Centre at Unit 2, The Shaw Barn, A22, Whitesmith, BN8 6JD.
• We can arrange collection from you by one of our volunteers if you are in or near one of the following towns or surrounding villages: Eastbourne, Polegate, Pevensey, Hailsham, Seaford, Newhaven, Lewes, Uckfield, Heathfield, Crowborough, and Bexhill. Collection can be arrange by calling 01825-873003.
• Or you can pay the money in over the phone by calling 01825-873003 and using a debit or credit card – but only if you and your household are the sole donors, otherwise the box must remain sealed.
Challenging A Friend:
If you challenge a friend, please pass on this letter and instructions to them. Please ask them to write their name and address clearly on the back of the box next to your label. Please ask them to deliver the box, once full, to us or arrange collection as above. Please do not open the box nor tamper with the seals. As long as the details are clear on the bottom of the box we will let you and your friend know the amount raised so you can match the donation! Their name and address will only be used to acknowledge their donation, unless they express a wish to be added to our newsletter list.
Loose Change Challenge Roll of Honour!
If you would like us to thank you on Facebook, please send us a photo of you holding your box with your family or pets for fun. Please send this to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name and address as displayed on the bottom of the box. Once we have your box and have it counted, we will post this to social media.
If you have, any questions please feel free to call 01825-873003 or e-mail email@example.com.Follow us!
With the number of casualties seen at our centrr we are always in need of replenishing our supplies. On our amazon wish list is a number of smaller items as well as more expensive items that will help us provide the casualties the best care.
Click here to visit our Amazon Wish List.
If you need to enter a delivery address please use: East Sussex WRAS, Unit 2 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex BN8 6JD.
Below are some of the more expensive items which you may wish to consider if undertaking fundraising or special events to raise money for WRAS.
Every year WRAS has to replace one of its veterinary ambulances. They are generally on the road for about 4-5 years and in that time each vehicle drives around 100,000 miles helping people who find sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
We normally buy nearly new vehicles and transfer the equipment over from the old vehicle to the new each time, replacing any worn out equipment.
4 years ago Animal Friends Insurance paid for us to purchase a transit and in return they had their logo on both side of the vehicle. As well as being seen seen by the public driving around East Sussex from Brighton to Hastings and Eastbourne to Crowborough, as well as Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and Battle, the vehicle could easily appear on rescue footage used on You Tube, and used by local and national media.
Please contact Trevor Weeks direct on 01825873003 if you are interested in purchasing an ambulance for WRAS and having your company or name on the side of the vehicle.Follow us!
Fundraising should be fun and enjoyable first and foremost! So when thinking about possible fundraising ideas please choose something you will enjoy doing as you are likely to raise more money that way.
We have had a wide variety of events held to raise money for WRAS which have included:
- Open gardens
- Cake sales
- Boot sales
- Garage sales
- Plant sales
- Sponsored bike rides
- Sponsored walks
- Bungee jumps
- Dress down days
- Quiz night
... And much more! You just need a little imagination to make a special event!
WRAS’s Trevor Week MBE may also be available to come along and visit if he is free, so do not hesitate to contact him and he will check his diary. You are welcome to collect a pull-up banner, some leaflets and newsletters from WRAS’s Casualty Centre by arrangement too.
Here are some other ways in which you can help WRAS raise money:
WRAS' Amazon wish list
WRAS has an Amazon wish list, where you can help us save money by buying items direct to help us out. The list ranges from animal food to IT equipment.
WRAS is supported by a couple of different greetings card companies which help raise money for our charity:
"The Greetings Card Company" To visit their website click here, but remember to select East Sussex Widlife Rescue as your chosen charity or we don't benefit.
"Make a difference cards" To visit WRAS 's card shop please click here.
Raise money via eBay
WRAS has an eBay shop where people can sell items and donate a percentage to WRAS, as well as WRAS selling its own items too.
Order Heating Oil and help raise money for WRAS!
Scrap your car in aid of East Sussex WRAS
It's easy to do, just fill in the online form or call Giveacar. All they need is a couple of minutes to go through your details. Once they have your approval, they have a collection agent call you in order to arrange a convenient pick-up time. A tow truck usually arrives within 3 days to pick up your car, though in a few rare cases it may take up to 10 days. You can ensure a fast collection by also submitting an email address. Your car is sent to scrap or auction. They then donate the proceeds, after administrative costs, to East Sussex WRAS.
Sandra Palme Fine Pet Portraits
Sandra Palme is an amazing artist and really knows how to capture the true character of the pets she draws. To help support WRAS, Sandra is happy to donate to WRAS 15% of the value of any commissioned work when WRAS is mentioned. You can email Sandra for more information. Visit Sandra's website
The Spice of Life Company
10% of any order will be donated to East Sussex WRAS when placing an order with the Spice of Life Company where East Sussex WRAS is mentioned. Check out their website to see the range of gift boxes and more which are available.
Recycle your mobiles, inkjets, laser or toner cartridges
Recycling your mobile and cartridges is one of the easiest ways to raise funds. Visit the Recycle4Charity website to see how.
The Weather Lottery
The leading lottery fundraiser in the UK helps raise funds for Charity, Education, Sporting Organisations and other societies by offering a free lottery platform. Each player chooses 6 numbers between 0 and 9, inclusive. The player's chosen numbers are then matched against the second digit of temperatures in Fahrenheit in selected destinations around Europe. If a player chooses the winning numbers, they can win up to £200,000. Visit the website for more information.
Ark Wildlife affiliate scheme
Every time you shop at Ark Wildlife by going through the links on our site, they will donate 5% of your purchase to East Sussex WRAS.
You can set up your own sponsored events, in memory, marriage, birthday, celebration, or personnalised fundraising pages to help East Sussex WRAS help the thousands of animals and people who call on WRAS's service every year. Its easy to set up and fun to do. Visit WRAS' JustGiving page
Via JustGiving you can set up an important monthly donation to WRAS. These monthly donation help make WRAS secure and help WRAS plan for the future and budget. The more people who set up monthly donations to WRAS the more people and casualties we can help and save. Donate monthly to WRAS via JustGiving
Search the web
We are pleased that everyclick.com has set up a homepage for supporters using their search engine to raise funds for East Sussex WRAS. You can join them by going to the link listed below, and then selecting everyclick as your home page on your computer. Every time you log on and use everyclick.com to search for something on the internet you raise funds for WRAS. It is surprising how quickly those pennies turn into pounds, you can also shop and raise funds too.
You can shop online and raise money for WRAS using easyfundraising.org.uk. You need to ensure you select East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) as your selected charity in order to help raise funds. There are also ways of raising funds completely FREE OF CHARGE for WRAS by signing up for product trails by clicking on the "Raise Funds for Free" button once logged in.Follow us!
Do you eat out or stay at hotels?
Then why not help raise funds for East Sussex WRAS at the same time. Its free to use, and everytime you use the app you raise £1 per person per booking for WRAS without any additional cost to yourself.
When you download the app to you mobile you will also get 100 free signature dish recipes by some of the best loved chefs from across the UK.
Just remember to choose "East Sussex WRAS" as your chosen charity so we receive the free donation.Follow us!
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service has recently partnered with Savoo.co.uk on a new and exciting fundraising project. Every time you use Savoo, you can be donating to us by either searching online, or using their voucher codes & deals to save money.
We’d like to introduce you to this innovative way of donating. Simply use Savoo Search as your default search engine (the same way as you would your current search engine) and Savoo will donate 1p for every search. If you’re looking to do some online shopping and want to get a great deal, Savoo has thousands of voucher codes and deals that will help you save money & they will donate to East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service at the same time.
In order to get started and help raise money for WRAS just click the Savoo image above.Follow us!