Insurance gift to wildlife charity

Trevor Weeks
Trevor Weeks

Wealden wildlife charity WRAS is set to receive a donation from one of the UK’s largest pet insurance firms.

Animal Friends Insurance decided to celebrate the Christmas festivities by making a £70,000 donation to 11 animal charities - one of which is WRAS based at Whitesmith.

Founder Trevor Weeks MBE said: “Over recent months a number of charities in the region have been under pressure to deal with a high volume of rescues.

“The donation is to assist the charity to replace one of our veterinary ambulances. These vehicles are an important addition to the charity and will assist with the rescue of up to 600 casualties a year from injured deer to hedgehogs and swans.

Animal Friends has donated £9,250 which will sponsor a new ambulance for us.”

The official handover of the ambulance takes place on Monday, January 13 at the offices of UckfieldFM, the town’s radio station at Bird in Eye Farm.

Trevor went on: “This has to be the best Christmas gift our charity has had in years.

“This year has been a difficult year with many challenges, especially trying to keep on top of the workload. One of our major worries was knowing that we were going to have to take one of our ambulances off the road in 2014.

“With vets’ bills, food bills, utility bills and other care costs continually increasing we were not sure we could afford to replace the ambulance which would have left us with a vehicle short and less able to rescue casualties. Animal Friends Insurance will be helping to ensure hundreds of wildlife casualties a year are saved from suffering as a result of their support and on behalf of the casualties we say...thank you Animal Friends Insurance.”

The concept of a charity Christmas giveaway was the brainwave of the managing director of Animal Friends Insurance, Elaine Fairfax. The donations will assist with not just the immediate care of many rescued animals but also the long term rehabilitation they require.

Elaine explained: “It’s wonderful to be able to make such a big donation to so many very worthy charities this Christmas. We can’t help every animal but these donations really show our appreciation for some of the charities who work so hard and often go above and beyond the line of duty.”

Established in 1998, Animal Friends Insurance is one of the largest independent pet insurance providers in the UK for dogs, cats and horses, committed to helping animal welfare charities worldwide. Details from: