What do hedgehogs and charity have in common? We bet you are wondering. Honestly, we were a little shocked to find that they actually have a good deal. In fact, there is a charitable organization in the UK called the Hedgehogs. They raise funds for the less fortunate in their community. We will talk about them later. But, true hedgehogs, the animal kind, are actually the recipients of charitable work as well! So, keep reading to find out all about hedgehogs and charity.
If hedgehogs are unfamiliar to you, you can learn about hedgehog care at Pet Care Lab. Hedgehogs are nocturnal and mostly eat insects, but they do occasionally snack on plants and other animals as well. Hedgehogs have quills for their protection and when frightened will roll into a ball extending those quills to keep predators at bay. They are relatively shy animals and their quills aren’t really as dangerous as they may look. Perhaps reading about the need for charitable help will inspire you to bring a wee hedgehog into your home.
Hedgehogs: the Men
Established in 1959, the Ancient and Most Honorable Order of the Hedgehogs, took many more years before it gained its charitable status. Located in Farnham, the Hedgehogs became a registered charity in 2001. They have been raising funds for those in need since their inception, even without the legal designation as a charitable organization.
There are several fundraising events that have stood the test of time for this organization and still go on today. These include:
- Sponsored Swim
- Grand Draw (formerly New Year’s Draw)
- Golf Day and Banquets
- Christmas Markets
- Farnham Tournament
- Spring Fayre
- Bat and Ball Beer Festival
- Quiz Evenings
- Farnham Carnival
If you are intrigued by these men and their desire to help others, feel free to learn more about them by clicking this. And, if you can assist them, we are sure they would appreciate it. The raise about £50,000 a year, or $62,601.73.
Hedgehogs: the Animal
Apparently, the Island of Uist was prepared to eliminate or at least downsize its hedgehog population. But, with the assistance of many financial supporters uniting with the Uist Hedgehog Rescue and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, the plan was put to an end. They have been rescuing the hedgehogs and releasing them on the mainland of Scotland.
Now, don’t get mad at the people on Uist. They are trying to protect the breeding grounds for their wading birds. The hedgehogs, which were introduced to the island in the 70s to control the garden slug population, have been eating the bird’s eggs. So, the people of Uist determined to take out the invasive species in retaliation for its damage to their wading birds. However, it is quite possible that relocation is a much better option and that’s why the two entities mentioned previously have been seeking to do so. You can read the full story here. You can also offer your support at that link.
Award Winning Hedgehog Care
Still in other hedgehog news, the founder of the Withington Hedgehog Care Trust, Barbara Roberts, was awarded with the British Empire Medal. She has been caring for sick and injured hedgehogs since 1985. Thousands have crossed through her caring hands. An incident with a hedgehog that fell into her pond was the catalyst for this passion.
Her home now offers refuge for sick and newborn hedgehogs. Finish the story by clicking this. Now you see what hedgehogs and charity have in common.