|It all started in late 1991 with the discovery of a very underweight young hog just outside our home. As with the majority of people, our knowledge of hedgehogs was very limited so we sought some advice from our local R.S.P.C.A. They then put us in touch with a marvellous lady in Heywood who, with her daughter, were having great success in caring for hedgehogs under most difficult circumstances. In the weeks that followed she gave us all the help we needed to care for our ‘patient’ who had now taken up residence in a kitchen cupboard. Somehow word got around that we were caring for Hedgehogs and we suddenly found ourselves taking in more and more very sick , injured and orphaned ones…..which is how the Hospital came into being.
Each successive year saw an increase from the last until by 1998 the average annual intake was well over 1000 and happily the releases back to the wild passed the 75% mark While this was very rewarding it was not without a lot of heartache and sadness having seen so many horrific injuries caused by man’s indifference and cruelty.
|Over the years we have built up relationships with the Councils, Countryside Wardens, a number of professional organisations, and several companies who have been willing to help us. It was with a recommendation from the RSPCA and it’s Wildlife Inspectorate that we applied for and achieved charity status in June 1997.
This allowed us to then lawfully do many more things to improve our facilities and standard of care.
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