BRIDLINGTON-BASED charity East Coast Seal Rescue is celebrating its first anniversary and reflecting on its busy debut year helping our coastline’s wildlife.
The charity, which was officially launched last June by marine medic Lesley Salisbury with the help of volunteers and Bridlington residents, has attended 59 call-outs in its first year - 36 of which lead to stricken or poorly seals being rescued and safely transported to Scarborough Sealife Centre for treatment.
Lesley and her team have attended incidents as far north as Skinningrove near Middlesbrough and south to Hull and have a managed to respond to every call except two in the last year, usually managing to be on the scene within half an hour.
They have received calls from members of the public, the Foreshores offices, the Coastguard and the Police from both Humberside and North Yorkshire forces and Lesley thanked everybody who has helped make the charity’s first year such a huge success.
She said: “We received a donation of £500 from Birkbrow Motor Company in Guisborough and various other donations.
“Thank-you to the customers of The Windsor Pub, Rags Restaurant and Marine Drive News for filling our collection tins, and also to the members of the public who have given so generously at the events we have attended.
“We were able to buy our kit such as transport cages, which cost £60 each, and the seal bags at £50 each and we will be attending various local events again this year.”
Members of East Coast Seal Rescue have worked closely with the authorities and the RSPCA and Lesley hopes that the work of its volunteers will continue to support the aim of the RSPCA in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and their return to their natural habitat.
The charity is running more seal rescue courses this year, with the next one planned for mid-July.
The course costs £50 and covers all the protocols on assessing a seal, lifting it and transporting it as well as a practical session using seal models.
Anybody interested in taking part in the course, run in conjunction with Scarborough Sealife Centre, can contact Lesley on 07767651091, email email@example.com or call the ECSR number 07563732275 which is also the number to use to report a stranded seal.