East Winch centre caring for seals overwhelmed by support

The RSPCA Centre in East Winch is currently looking after the seal pups caught up in the floods. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The RSPCA Centre in East Winch is currently looking after the seal pups caught up in the floods. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The wildlife centre which has been caring for more than 100 seal pups that were rescued following last weeks floods has said it is overwhelmed by the public's response to their appeal.

The RSPCA's East Winch Wildlife Centre has received £25,000 to help care for the pups, which have been separated from their mothers.

The wildlife centre, near King's Lynn, is currently caring for nearly 100 seals after some were transferred to other RSPCA wildlife centres in Cheshire and Somerset since being washed up last week along the Norfolk coast.

Each seal costs around £22 to feed per week and with so many mouths to feed public support has been vital.

Centre manager Alison Charles said: 'We have been absolutely amazed at the generosity of the public, many of who seem to be really moved by the plight of these seal pups.


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'The rehabilitation for these poor pups is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, and there are significant costs involved to give them all the special care and attention they need.

'The amount of money already donated by members of the public is absolutely staggering, but we've even had lots of practical donations.

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'One lady came all the way from Northampton with a new fridge, bowls and beakers, which we use for feeding the seals.

'Another gentleman arrived with some fresh herring and a £20 donation. We've even had a local care home carrying out a collection for us, and offering their help as a drop off point for other donations.

'Incredible gestures of kindness like this, no matter how large or small, have been so encouraging for the team here who are absolutely working their socks off.

'I would like to say a huge thank you to every single person who has donated.'

Donations to the RSPCA Seal Appeal can be made at www.rspca.org.uk/sealappeal

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