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Volunteers come to rescue wildlife centre

Barbara Allen and Sonya Parker are appealing for more volunteers to help with her animal rescue centre. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140508-161843001

Barbara Allen and Sonya Parker are appealing for more volunteers to help with her animal rescue centre. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140508-161843001

An animal rescue centre which thought it might have to close has reopened with 17 new volunteers who responded to a Middy article.

The Middy reported on August 7 that the co-founder of Wildlife Rescue and Protection Centre, in North Way, Burgess Hill, was searching for volunteers to help keep her charity afloat.

Since the article the centre has received calls from 17 people who are interested in lending their help with rescuing animals or building the aviary in the centre’s garden.

Sonya Parker, 58, the cen-tre’s co-founder, said: “I think we have cracked it and it’s all down to you putting the article in.

“We had three phone calls by the end of the day the article went out so we’ve gone from being run down because we gave ourselves until the end of September to find people, and now we’re looking for a place where we can all meet!”

Nearly all of those who volunteered were drivers and many were from villages around the perimeter of Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath so they can all help to save animals from all around Mid Sussex.

Sonya added that with the huge response they have decided to relaunch the centre with a new name ‘Wildlife Rescue Mid Sussex’.

She said: “Without the article a lot of people didn’t even know we were out there. “

The centre has been running since 2008, rescuing wild animals such as foxes, badges, birds and hedgehogs, taking them to the local vets, and rehabilitating them until they can be released into the wild.

Sonya is still appealing to local businesses to help by providing any scrap materials to help them to create a shed and aviary where animals can be rehabilitated after they have been rescued or seen by the vet.

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