WRAS ambulance involved in accident

One of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service's (WRAS) two main transit veterinary ambulances has been involved in an accident on Monday night whilst returning from the Swan Sanctuary after delivering an emaciated juvenile gannet found at Seaford Head. The accident happened at 11.40pm on London Road, East Grinstead when a car pulled out of a junction in front of the ambulance.

No one was seriously hurt in the accident but driver Trevor Weeks and passenger Kathy Martyn suffered whiplash effects as a result of the incident. WRAS's main ambulance, normally based at Uckfield, which has been used to rescue deer, dolphins, swans, badgers and much more, had to be recovered and is now off the road awaiting assessment by the insurance company.

"We have already been warned that the ambulance may be an insurance write off so we will have the hassle of replacing the ambulance, and getting it sign written and all the vehicle being kitted out again and wired up with equipment which all takes time." said Murrae Hume, WRAS Director.

WRAS has experienced a very busy and expensive spring and summer season and had to limit the number of incidents it can afford to attend. WRAS volunteers have been busy fundraising to try and get WRAS back on track and recently WRAS was able to increase its workload as a result. This accident will unfortunately limit again what WRAS can respond to whilst the vehicle is replaced and while Kathy and Trevor recover. Other WRAS volunteers will try their best to respond to call-outs the best they can in the meantime.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to WRAS can do so online or post a donation to East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 9DE.

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

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