Ex-policeman's mountain to climb to aid hedgehog rescue charity
He's a burly policeman-turned-security officer, but Graham Moxey has a soft spot for hedgehogs.
The former Radstock police sergeant is planning to climb Africa's highest peak Mt Kilimanjaro for a rescue charity.
Mr Moxey, 57, was a police officer for 30 years at Radstock, Frome, Shepton Mallet, Keynsham and Bath police stations before he retired in 2009. He is now working as a senior security officer at the University of Bath.
His climb later this month will raise money for Prickles Hedgehog Rescue in Cheddar.
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Mr Moxey decided to raise money for the charity after finding a tiny female hedgehog at the side of the road, too small to survive winter, last November.
He took the creature, which he called Clara, to Prickles, which was able to care for her prior to her release back to the wild this spring.
Hedgehog numbers have declined dramatically in the UK since the 1970s, dropping from 30 million to 1.4 million today. There is a high risk they may become extinct without support.
Prickles Hedgehog Rescue plays a vital role in rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating sick and injured hedgehogs and takes in animals from across Somerset, north Somerset, Bath and north nast Somerset, Bristol and the surrounding Mendip area.
Mr Moxey added: "Climbing Kilimanjaro will be tough going.
"I trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2010 but the thought of tackling Kilimanjaro, which dominates the African landscape, is just mind blowing.
"As well as being a great personal achievement, any money I can raise for charities such as Prickles, may help slow the decline of the hedgehog and ultimately stop it becoming extinct."
He has set himself a fundraising target of £500. Donations can be made online through his justgiving page www.justgiving.com/Graham- Moxey.