Volunteer sleeps over at animal rescue centre

An animal lover is having to sleep with the casualties tonight to ensure they get fed, watered and medicated due to the snow and ice. Founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) Trevor Weeks, 37 from Uckfield, will be kipping with the wildlife at WRAS's Casualty Care Centre for at least tonight whilst the snow and ice is making it difficult for volunteers to get to the centre.

"At the end of the day, the casualties have to be fed and medicated and we can't let them down and this is the only way to ensure they are looked after properly" said Trevor who celebrates completing his 25 year helping wildlife this Summer.

Trevor will be spending the night with 7 hedgehogs, 5 pigeons, a tawny owl and a jackdaw!

"These are not the only casualties which WRAS has in care but the Casualty Centre has all our casualties which are in need of treatment are specialist care, we have quite a few more animals in care but luckily they are mainly hedgehogs which are being overwintered in shed and hutches in volunteers gardens and don't need any treatment. We have several casualties ready to be released but we're waiting for the snow to disappear before they can be released" added Trevor.

WRAS has had difficult responding to calls during the wintry weather and is giving advice to those who find casualties and responding on site where possible. WRAS rescuers rescued a fox which had fallen into a basement garden at the rear of a hotel on Eastbourne seafront yesterday. A caller in Jevington wasn't so lucky yesterday evening after their cat caught a thrush, but WRAS were unable to get to her due to the snow at Jevington – unfortunately the bird died. "We are trying our best but the snow is making it difficult" said Trevor.

WRAS is a voluntary community charity and funded entirely by donations and run entirely by very dedicated volunteers.

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Press Contact: Trevor Weeks, East Sussex WRAS, 07931 523958

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