WRAS’s 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. 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 veterinary 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 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.

If you have land which you would consider selling to WRAS or can spare an extra donation to set up our new hospital please visit our website at www.wildlifeambulance.org/ donate/hospital/

or call 01825873003.

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