Trevor Weeks MBE runs the East Sussex East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS). The service, which he operates 365 days a year supported by more than 50 volunteers, rescues and rehabilitates native British wildlife.
Trevor has been awarded grants from IFAW to help with his valuable work and was presented with IFAW’s prestigious Animal Action Award in 2010 in recognition of over 25 years of dedication to rescuing and caring for sick and injured wildlife.
Trevor started working with animals in 1985 when he joined a beach clean-up and found two birds covered in oil which he took to a small bird hospital. Over the years, he continued to rescue injured, sick or orphaned animals, eventually setting up East Sussex WRAS in 1996 to offer a frontline rescue service for wildlife casualties.
East Sussex WRAS became a registered charity in 2005 and now has a small fleet of ambulances and a Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith to care for wildlife victims in facilities which are less stressful than veterinary practices. The service receives up to 3,000 calls a year from members of the public, local councils, Sussex Police and animal welfare organisations alerting it to animals in distress.