Appeal brings in £2,000 for vandal-hit animal charity

Damage at Blyth Wildlife Rescue SUS-150801-091837001

Damage at Blyth Wildlife Rescue SUS-150801-091837001

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The animal loving residents of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford have come to the aid of a small wildlife rescue charity at the other end of the country.

Just before New Year Blyth Wildlife Rescue in Northumberland had a compound broken into and various shed and rehabilitation facilities ransacked and destroyed plus equipment stolen.

Sussex wildlife rescuer Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue, heard the news and decided to try and help. He said, “John Anderson from Blyth Wildlife Rescue visited us a couple of years ago whilst in the process of researching and decided how best to set up these new facilities. I can see a lot of myself in John and how I was starting WRAS.

“I wouldn’t normally put out an appeal like this for local people to support a charity so far away, but being Christmas and New Year, seeing the destruction and knowing how devastated I would be if it happened to WRAS, I had to help. As a result more than £1,000 has been raised and donated by local animal lovers in Sussex, almost a fifth of the funds donated to date to help Blyth Wildlife Rescue re-establish their facilities.”

John Anderson from Blyth Wildlife Rescue said “I have been amazed at how much has been donated by people so far away, we really didn’t expect this.”

• Anyone wanting to make a donation can visit www.b-w-r.org