Prickles Hedgehog Rescue gets funding boost
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 December 2015
A HEDGEHOG charity which began in a garage eight years ago has become one of the country’s largest rescue centres for the animals and also secured additional funding.
Prickles Hedgehog Rescue, based in Cheddar, has received money from the Wessex Watermark Award to help it continue its work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing hedgehogs back into the wild.
Jules Bishop looked after her first hedgehog when she heard scratching coming from inside her neighbour’s garage.
Her neighbour was away, and the animal had been in there for at least five days.
After that, Jules learned how quickly hedgehogs were declining in numbers and wanted to make an effort to look after them and return them to the wild.
Jules said: “We have become one of the largest hedgehog rescue centres in the country.
“We operate 24 hours, seven days a week with the most wonderful volunteers who, like me, are doing this because by 2025 hedgehogs could become extinct in the UK.”
Prickles has been given a £250 Wessex Watermark Award to help its 80 volunteers rescue more hedgehogs, as each one costs £2 a week to feed on top of costs to run the centre.
Jules said: “At the moment we have a campaign to sponsor a cage for our larger building that we moved into last year.
“My aim is to raise the public’s awareness of the plight of hedgehogs and the work we do through Prickles Hedgehog Rescue.”
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