An electricity worker has helped raise funds for a Suffolk hedgehog charity amid fears the Covid-19 pandemic has taken attention away from the animals’ plight.
Dianne Laws, who has worked for UK Power Networks for more than three decades, sold jam to friends and colleagues before lockdown to raise money for a Stowmarket-based charity committed to aiding sick hedgehogs.
Founded in 2010, the Suffolk Prickles Hedgehog Rescue charity focus on the conservation and preservation of the animal by providing essential rescue, care and rehabilitation services.
Dianne, 64, said: “I first became interested in hedgehogs after having one live in my garden for more than four years and just love them as animals. I generated more than £120 from selling about 50 jars of jam I made from blackberries I picked from the woodland near where I live on the outskirts of Ipswich. My company then added a further £100 to that through a funding match scheme.
“Hedgehogs are lovely creatures and as well as raising money, I’m also keen to raise awareness of some of the health challenges they face. The charity try to release younger hedgehogs back into the wild, but some are too injured or too old for that, but they can live safely with the charity’s help.
“The coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for so many charities and I know it has had an impact on Suffolk Prickles’ fundraising so I’m glad to have made a contribution at this tough time for those who care so brilliantly for these animals.”
Paula Baker, chair of Trustees at Suffolk Prickles Hedgehogs Rescue, said: “Covid-19 has made sustaining our charity very difficult in many ways, but most particularly with fundraising. We are enormously grateful to Dianne for her efforts in helping us to keep going. Suffolk Prickles is run solely by volunteers, so all of the funds that are raised go to the care of the hedgehogs and are spent on food, bedding and medical bills.
“We took in nearly 300 hedgehogs in 2020 despite the coronavirus restrictions and the fact that many of our volunteers are shielding. Dianne’s fundraising efforts have enabled us to continue to care for these beautiful, but seriously endangered creatures.
“It is only with the efforts of people like Dianne that we have been able to keep going throughout these difficult times, and we are extremely grateful for any support which we receive.”
Those wishing to donate to the charity can do so via: https://suffolkprickles.org/
Pictured above is UK Power Networks employee Dianne Laws on a visit to Suffolk Prickles Hedgehogs Rescue before the most recent lockdown.