A Lancashire based hedgehog rescue centre, which rescued and rehabilitated over 150 hedgehogs this winter, has thanked us for much needed funding.
Established in 2015, the Chorley Hedgehog Rescue Centre, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) is run by founder Janette Jones and a small team of dedicated volunteers.
“We rescue and rehabilitate wild hedgehogs that are sick, injured or orphaned and release them back into the wild when healthy, with the aim of increasing the population of hedgehogs in Chorley and Lancashire,”said Glenda Frearson, who has been volunteering at the centre for the past five years.
“The rescue centre does not receive any government funding towards the £60k annual operating costs and relies solely on donations from the public.”
The team at the rescue centre applied for one of our £500 Sycamore Manor Community Grants, which saw four Leyland based community groups share a sum of £2,000.
“Redrow’s very generous donation has helped the rescue to continue its valuable work; to house, feed, rehydrate and medicate all of our rescued poorly hedgehogs during yet another very tough winter,”said Glenda.
“We had 180 hedgehogs to feed so the community fund donation has certainly made a positive difference in helping us to continue to operate during an incredibly difficult time.
“Businesses often don’t realise just how important a small grant or donation can be to a small charity.”
The rescue provides an environment for volunteers to learn about hedgehogs and contribute to their care and rehabilitation.
“We must ensure that we have sufficient trained volunteers on site 365 days of the year to monitor every single hedgehog in our care,”added Glenda.
“It is very important work and we are very lucky to have such an amazing and compassionate team to look after the hedgehogs.”
Sian Pitt, sales director for Lancashire, said: “The team at Chorley Hedgehog Rescue Centre work hard to look after these endangered mammals. We received several nominations for the charity to receive a community grant so they are clearly a much-appreciated local organisation and we are pleased to hear that our community grant helped the rescue over the winter months.”