Volunteers from Countryside spend the day at South Essex Wildlife Hospital


A team of volunteers from Countryside recently visited South Essex Wildlife Hospital, spending the day working on the animal pens and clearing the outside space.

South Essex Wildlife Hospital is a wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and public advice charity that cares for sick and injured wildlife, with the aim of releasing animals back into the wild. The hospital receives up to a hundred calls a day and regularly houses more than 300 injured and recuperating animals.

The hospital is the only one of its kind in the area and exists largely on public donations, so the volunteers from Countryside were eager to do what they could to support this important charity.

The Countryside team were invited to work on the hospital’s facilities, painting the stables and pens built to house young foxes and badgers. The group were also kept busy with weeding, raking gravel and clearing garden waste.

The staff at South Essex Wildlife Hospital were thrilled by the results. Founder, Sue Wells, thanked Countryside for their contributions, saying: “On behalf of the residents, staff and management, I would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work in helping to transform our garden area. We have all been very pleased with the donations and results. This area was previously unused so it is wonderful to have an additional area where residents can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.”

At Countryside, we know how important organisations like South Essex Wildlife Hospital are to local communities. Without the hard work of the hospital staff, hundreds of injured or orphaned animals would be vulnerable. We had a wonderful time working at South Essex Wildlife Hospital and we look forward to visiting the staff and animals soon.