Former policeman climbs new beat to aid hedgehogs
FORMER Frome police sergeant Graham Moxey has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and has raised £600 for a Cheddar charity that protects hedgehogs.
The 57-year-old, who now works as a senior security officer at the University of Bath, made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro in thick fog, strong winds and a blizzard.
He went with his 27-year-old daughter Kate and her boyfriend Richard Gwilliam who proposed to her during the adventure.
Graham was raising money for Prickles Hedgehog Rescue. He was introduced to the charity last November when he found a tiny female hedgehog at the side of the road too small to survive the winter. He took the baby hedgehog to Prickles who were able to care for her prior to her release back to the wild in the spring.
In recognition of his mammoth efforts, the charity gave him a little wooden hedgehog called Toto which he took on his trek as a mascot.
He said: "I knew it was going to be tough and it was. There was a blizzard blowing when we reached the top which was a shame because we couldn't see anything and I found the descent the most difficult part of it but we made it and we there was a great sense of achievement."
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.
Any further donations to Prickles can be made on www.justgiving.com/Graham- Moxey.