Kilimanjaro climb inspired by Clara the hedgehog
A CHEDDAR based charity and many hedgehogs can thank a former police sergeant for climbing Kilimanjaro and raising money.
Prickles Hedgehog Rescue, in Cheddar, will receive nearly £600 from sponsorship raised by Graham Moxey, 57, who made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro on Friday September 20 despite battling thick fog, strong winds and a blizzard.
Mr Moxey, who was a police officer for 30 years, serving at Frome, Shepton Mallet, Radstock, Keynsham and Bath police stations, said: “My camera froze at Uhuru Peak but I was able to have a picture taken at Stella Point on the way back down.
“Prickles Hedgehog Rescue gave me a little wooden hedgehog, who I named Toto, as a mascot to accompany me on the way.
In November of last year, Graham found a tiny female hedgehog at the side of the road, too small to survive winter. He took the hedgehog, who he called Clara, to Prickles, who were 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 just 1.4 million today.
There is a high risk they may become extinct without support.
Prickles Hedgehog Rescue play a vital role in rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating sick and injured hedgehogs and take in hedgehogs from across Somerset, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and the surrounding Mendip area.
Mr Moxey said: “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.”
Donations through Mr Moxey can be made at www.justgiving.com/Graham-Moxey.