Help to protect our hedgehogs

Sandy Huyton with children at Foxdale Primary School, who have raised money for the Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society

Sandy Huyton with children at Foxdale Primary School, who have raised money for the Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society

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A Manx animal charity is set to take its work to the next level thanks to new funding.

The Manx Lottery Trust has offered a grant to the Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society, which aims to help rehabilitate the island’s sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs.

The organisation is planning to get on the road in an eye-catching vehicle and are appealing for help to make it happen.

It wants to turn a Ford KA into a hedgehog with the help of stick-on graphics, but needs some sponsorship to help buy the vehicle.

‘It’s the perfect shape,’ says founder Sandy Huyton, who also runs Dolittles, a non-profitable animal-assisted healing organisation. ‘I’m sure it will be a memorable sight on the island’s roads that will get people talking and thinking about hedgehogs’, she said.

With the help of two rescue hoglets, Sandy has been touring the island’s schools and youth groups to get the message out to the island’s young people. Last week they visited Foxdale Primary School, where the children had raised money by selling hand-made bookmarks and gifts at their school stall.

Sandy says that the charity’s long-term goal is to create a hedgehog reserve and educational centre in the Isle of Man.

‘People don’t realise that they are an endangered species’, she said.

The MHCS is appealing to the public to report any sightings. For more information and tips on how to care for hedgehogs, find the Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society’s page on Facebook.

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