Wealden animal hero rewarded

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Trevor Weeks, who runs the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, has been given a prestigious award for his work in animal welfare as part of BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey’s Community Heroes awards.

Trevor, 40, began rescuing wildlife as a young boy, transporting oiled seabirds on a bus using his own money. Since then he has been providing around the clock care for animals in Sussex for the last 25 years.

Through his unrivalled dedication, Trevor has grown the service, which now has three ambulances and a rehabilitation centre at Whitesmith, East Sussex.

His devotion to the region’s wildlife reached a new level after heavy snow prevented the volunteers reaching the rescue centre. As a result Trevor camped down for the night to ensure all the animals got everything they needed to survive the harsh conditions.

Trevor was presented with the award by the movie legend Virginia McKenna, the BAFTA award-winning actress and world famous animal rights activist.

Family and friends attended the emotional evening at Wakehurst Place near Ardingly on Sunday night, which saw 11 awards presented that recognised local volunteers, fundraisers and sportsman.

Managing editor of BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey, Sara David, said: “These awards provide invaluable recognition for the incredible achievements being made by members of our local community. There is some amazing work going on in Sussex and Surrey and it should not go unnoticed. These awards are our way of making sure people know that their dedication is appreciated.”

Meanwhile Trevor tells the Sussex Express: “We have about 90 hedgehogs in care at the moment which is way more than normal and will cost up to £150 each to rescue, rehabilitate and eventually return to the wild in the spring.”

So WRAS is offering people the chance to spend three hours at the casualty care centre at Whitesmith working with, and learning more,about, hedgehogs. He points out the three hour placements would be a great present and are suitable for anyone over the age of 13, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The visits take place on Tuesday to Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm or Thursday evenings between 6-9pm. visit: www.wildlifeambulance.org