Willy Wonka

My colleague Chris is going to be undertaking one of the toughest 100 kilometre non-stop runs in the country to raise money for WRAS. The race will take place on 14th & 15th July and journeys from the Chilterns to the mystical North Wessex Downs. Chris joined East Sussex WRAS in 2011 as a volunteer but is now the Lead Casualty Manager working for WRAS.   Although Chris is paid minimum wage for 36 hours a week to work at the Casualty Centre he also volunteers his time as the Duty Rescue Co-ordinator working up to 110 hours a week.  Chris has undertaken the Ultra Marathon “Race to the Kings” between Arundel and Winchester and as well as the Beachy Head Marathon as well as other challenges but this is the longest and most challenging route yet.  Please sponsor him either by texting RTTS58 then the amount eg £5 to 70070 or via Just giving https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christopher-wras1

At the end of last week WRAS had in its care over 330 casualties, the highest number ever. The list included:

WRAS’s latest Baby Kestrel

10 Rabbits

1 Greater Spotted Wood Pecker


10 Foxes

2 Kestrels

7 Tawny Owls

1 Chaffinch

1 Bullfinch

17 Sparrows

15 Great Tits

18 Jackdaws

14 Crows

8 Magpies

5 Swallows

1 Badger

1 Gosling

24 Blackbirds

44 Blue Tits

13 Starlings

8 Dunnocks

12 Robins

2 Gulls

14 Ducks

1 Warbler

36 Hedgehogs

21 Wood Pigeons

2 Collared Doves

43 Feral Pigeons


This is the most amount of casualties we have ever had in care at the same time.  All the volunteers and staff are working very hard at the moment trying to help as many people and casualties as possible.

After last weeks vicious dog attack on the duck at Farne Close Pond in Hailsham, we have had a number of people contact us with information about the people responsible for horrendous and shockingly cruel and callous incident. Please if you have any information about anyone responsibly for any wildlife crime please contact Sussex Police on 101 or e-mail then on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk .

Thank you to the Southdowns Badger Group who have donated £500 towards WRAS’s badger rescue work. Thanks to Eastbourne Scottish Country Dance Club who raise £100. Also thank you to everyone who attending the Village Fete at Jevington at the weekend, it was a lovely village fete and was a great success. This coming Saturday 23rd June our gazebo and trailer will be at East Dean Village Fete.

We have named a gull “Willy Wonka” after getting covered in glucose outside a Chocolate Factory in Polegate last week. Staff at the factory tried to clean the gull but the sticky liquid just wouldn’t come off. Out of concern they called in WRAS for help. The gull was admitted and been cleaned up and will hopefully be releasable soon.

Other calls this week have included a dog attached hedgehog in Burgess Hill, a badly injured hedgehog at Forest View Maresfield, a duckling in Bishopstone, a road casualty roe  deer turned up in the back of a car late at night too. A swan was wandering next to the A22 by Bannatyne Eastbourne last week, WRAS send an ambulance which was able to rescue the swan which was then released down at Princes Park after a check over.  We have had our third baby kestrel admitted this week. All three are getting on really well. The last one was found between Ringmer and Laughton. We have also admitted a poorly duck from Hailsham and a Wood Pigeon with extensive wounds to it’s neck from Ringmer after it was caught  by a cat.




Trevor Weeks MBE

Founder & Operations Director


East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Reg Charity 1108880


Office: 01825-873003

24Hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234

Trevor’s Private Mobile: 07931-523958



Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.