An East Sussex charity say it may not be able to respond to all calls from the public about injured or sick wildlife as a result of ageing vehicles.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) has had one of its busiest years ever, and this has had an effect on its ambulances which are aging much quicker than expected. The charity’s vital night time emergency service, which is already under a lot of pressure, may have to be reduced as a result.
Chris Riddington one of WRAS’s On-call Rescue Co-ordinators said:
Unfortunately one of our vehicles has now come to the end of its service. Losing one of our ambulances will dramatically reduce our ability to respond to demands on the vital service we offer. This particular vehicle is used a lot for night time emergencies and rapid response.
East Sussex WRAS is launching an appeal to raise funds for a new ambulance to enable the charity to continue to deal with the 2-3,000 calls for help it receives each year.
The new ambulance will, not only enable WRAS to continue its life saving service, but also save valuable funds by being more economical, fuel efficient and reduce the maintenance costs.
WRAS Founder Trevor Weeks said:
Many people don’t have transport or can’t drive and some people have phobias, and WRAS regularly comes to their aid. Members of the public can’t be expected to picked up and handle Badgers, Foxes, Swans and other hazardous wildlife, so these creatures rely on WRAS to be there for them. So please help us keep our ambulances on the road. We are not just another animal charity we benefit the community, human and animals. We are already struggling to cover night time calls, and if we lose this ambulance we will have no choice but to cut back our night time service, which we really don’t want to do.
Donations can be made by calling 01825 873003 during office hours or online at www.wildlifeambulance.org.