Staff at a wildlife rescue centre which is caring of dozens of seal pups displaced in the recent tidal surge say they have been overwhelmed by public support for their work.
Wellwishers have travelled from as far afield as Northampton to donate vital supplies to the RSPCA centre at East Winch, while a nationwide appeal for help has raised thousands in its first week.
The centre’s manager, Alison Charles, said: “We have been absolutely amazed at the generosity of the public, many of whom seem to be really moved by the plight of these seal pups.
“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.”
Some of the donated items have included fridges, and the centre says they no longer need additional fridge space following those donations. As first reported in the Lynn News last Friday, the centre is caring for around 100 seal pups which were separated from their mothers during the storm surge which battered Norfolk’s coast.
Others have also been transferred to alternative RSPCA facilities in Somerset and Cheshire.
And a crisis appeal by the charity to help with the seals’ care, which is likely to take several months, has raised more than £25,000 in its first week alone. Officials say that feeding one seal costs £22 per week.
Mrs Charles said: “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.”
Donations can be made by phoning 0300 1238181 or visiting www.rspca.org.uk/sealappeal. Supporters can also donate by texting SEAL to 78866.