The founder of a wildlife charity who has been rescuing animals in East Sussex for 30 years is this month’s winner of our Community Hero Award.
Trevor Weeks MBE was just 13 when he began helping injured animals and undertaking conservation work in the Hailsham area where he lived.
He gained much experience working alongside veterinary surgeons and with organisations such as St Tiggywinkles, Vale Wildlife Rescue, Fox Project, Folly Wildlife Rescue, Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue, The Swan Sanctuary Shepperton, RSPCA Mallydams and Sussex Bat Hospital.
It was when he found a badly hurt badger that had been struck by a car on the Hailsham bypass that he decided to set up his own charity, as none of the animal rescue agencies had the resources to assist.
Trevor, who lives in Uckfield, launched East Sussex Wildlife and Rescue Service (WRAS) in 1996 and over the years he has grown the charity so that it now has three full-time staff, one part-timer, four veterinary ambulances and an animal hospital that can care for up to 200 casualties at any one time.
His work was praised by Charlene Saunders, Marketing Manager at Welbeing, the specialist provider of independent living services which sponsors the Community Hero Award with the Sussex Express.The award honours unsung local heroes who help make their community a better place to live.
She said, “Trevor has made a fantastic contribution locally to rescuing injured animals by setting up and continuing to this run valuable service.
Trevor said, “It’s hard work but it’s worthwhile so that we can prevent suffering of animals. I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of all our volunteers and donors.”
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