Become a Hedgehog Helper!

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service have launched their "Become a hedgehog helper" Gift Experience!

"We have about 90 hedgehogs in care at the moment which is way more than normal, and they will cost up to £150 each to rescue, rehabilitate and eventually return to the wild in the spring," said Trevor Weeks MBE founder of East Sussex WRAS, "as our funds are low, we are hoping that this will help us to fund this vital work. These hedgehogs would not survive if it wasn’t for WRAS. Nationally there are not enough places for sick and injured wildlife to be cared for and we need to expand our work not cut it back, but that is what will happen if we can’t continue to bring enough money in."

If you are fascinated by hedgehogs or struggling to find a suitable present for someone who is mad on hedgehogs? Why not buy them a "Become a Hedgehog Helper" Gift Certificate?

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) are offering people the chance to spend 3 hours working at their Casualty Care Centre between Hailsham, Uckfield and Lewes, working with and learning more about hedgehogs. The three hour placements are a great present and are suitable for anyone over the age of 13 but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The visit is divided into three sections:

  • Stage 1: Will be a look round the hospital where the hedgehogs are currently housed and we will show and explain how they are looked after and over wintered.
  • Stage 2: Will be to help our volunteers to catch, clean out and feed some of the hedgehogs.
  • Stage 3: Is then to sit down and look at some of the problems hedgehogs face and what you can do to help hedgehogs and to learn when they are in trouble and in need of being rescued.

If any hedgehogs rescue or admissions take place during your visit you will get the chance to be involved and help out. This three hours placement is available for only a £25 donation to WRAS. We can take up to three people at a time.

East Sussex WRAS cannot guarantee that any hedgehogs will be admitted during the time the "Helper" is present, and placements have to fit in with our regular feed and clean shifts. The placement can take place on Tuesday to Saturday mornings from 10am until 1pm or Thursday evenings between 6pm and 9pm. We hope to make additional times available in the future.

To find out more, please email Kathy or go to "Become a hedgehog helper".

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Press Contact: Trevor Weeks MBE - East Sussex WRAS: 01825 873003

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