Before the presentation, Trevor said: “I am nervous to say the least, and not sure what to expect. I’ve never been to Buckingham Palace before. I am still surprised that I am receiving this award, when you see so many people doing such wonderful work around the country, I honestly thought I’d be the last person to ever get anything like this.”
He travelled to London with his dad John and stepmum Wendy plus his girlfriend Kathy. He also met Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd at the House of Commons in the afternoon.
He went on: “After a horrible week last week, I’m glad to be getting away to London but it still seems so bizarre and so different, I pleased that my partner Kathy gets a chance to come with me and get away for the day, she has been so supportive over the past week and puts up with so much from me running all over the place, working odd hours, having to get up in the middle of the night as well as having to deal with me being hospitalised several times due to animal bites etc. We can’t afford a holiday so to be getting away for the day is great.”
And he expressed his ‘deepest thanks’ to all of WRAS’s hard working volunteers and for the selfless effort they put in to helping. “I would not be receiving this award if it wasn’t for them and the support they provide,” said Trevor.
Trevor Weeks ran a wildlife rescue service on his own from about 1985 to 1996 when the pressure on his pocket became too much to bear alone and the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service was set up.
They now run a casualty care centre at Whitesmith on the A22 and can care for up to 125 wildlife casualties at any one time - a vast improvement on the maximum 30 that could be cared for just four years ago.
At present Trevor and his team are taking in small and underweight hedgehogs that are too small to hibernate but they are also called upon to rescue all wild creatures including deer (often trapped in fencing,) foxes, badgers and birds.
He said: “Everyone who has pets knows how high vets’ bills can be. Wild animals have no-one to care for them and no insurance or furry lined pockets. At present fuel, water, rates and rent are all increasing and we still need all the support we can get. To offer your support, you can ring the centre on: 01825 873003.
Last week Trevor was vicously attacked while on his way home from a rescue by a man who slammed him against the door of his ambulance and demanded drugs.