PICTURES: Brent Lodge open weekend

Vital funds for wildlife care were raised by Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust at its open weekend.

Visitors flocked to Sidlesham on Saturday and Sunday to see the animals at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital and find out more about the charity’s work.

Animal care manager Emma Pink with Max Powell and his daughter Bertie. Picture: Kate Shemilt ks170936-4

Animal care manager Emma Pink with Max Powell and his daughter Bertie. Picture: Kate Shemilt ks170936-4

Animal care manager Darren Ashcroft installed CCTV cameras so visitors could see some of the more vulnerable patients in the wildlife hospital and the playful fox cubs proved particularly popular with visitors.

His partner Emma Pink, also a animal care manager, showed the children the baby rabbits and let them stroke the bunnies.

Administrative assistant Asha Park, who took on the bulk of the workload organising the open weekend, was praised for her dedication.

She said: “What I do is just a very small part of the great work that is done at the hospital. My love for the welfare of wildlife makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Kate Wheeler, manager at the trust’s Havant charity shop, did her bit by completing a six-hour static cycle on Saturday, which raised £85 towards the total.

There were lots of stalls for visitors to peruse, including A Chip of the Block with a range of responsibly-sourced wooden garden and home ware and John Bulman with his collectable cars.

Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital, which serves Sussex and Hampshire, now has extended care hours for the summer period, until the end of August. This is the trust’s busiest time of the year, with lots of babies to look after.