I recently visited Castleford Hedgehog Rescue which is only a 5 minute walk from where I live and only a 10 minute walk from Castleford Town Centre. I have been following CHR for sometime now on Facebook and I have to say I admire the effort these lovely people put into hedgehog conservation & protection.
I decided I would like to try and help them out with some photos and this blog post! When I arrived at castleford Hedgehog Rescue, I met Beth & Jill who both run the rescue centre from there family home. I was very surprised the amount of hedgehogs they have staying there, 70 of them to be exact, at the moment they are not able to actually take any more in until some are rehomed or strong enough to release into the wild.
I was even more surprised that they do run this service without any support from the government or local councils. Beth told me that they even have to take the poorly hoggies to the vets which costs them money as well as buying medication and drugs to actually treat them. On top of the costs of the vets & medicines they also have to provide heating and Living space for each one they take in thats not even mentioning food.
Castleford Hedgehog Rescue are raising funds to help them look after all these little Hoggies. Luckily not too long ago they won the Asda token collection and got a little cash from them. That was greatly recieved but unfortunately it wont last long.