Hedgehog rescuers looking for volunteers - can you help?

Prickles in a Pickle, a home-based hedgehog rescue in Stoke Fleming, is looking for volunteers as founder Judy Thomson is returning to work as a nurse.

One of the prickly patients - credit Prickles in a Pickle

Judy, who runs Prickles in a Pickle with partner Alan, is a registered nurse, and has been shielding due to the pandemic. She is now returning to work as a renal nurse for the South Devon Sattellite Kidney. This means they are in need of some extra volunteers to help keep their prickly patients happy and healthy. 

Judy said: "There is no doubt about it we do need more volunteers. With the current situation I have tried to keep us all safe by having a work bubble and of course we wear medical grade masks and there is plenty of hand gel and wash about.  

"We need to have two of us here each day in the morning, it would be great to have someone in the afternoon to clear up, sort some laundry and perhaps finish off the morning work.  We also need someone to do the feeds in the evenings, this is usually between 6pm and 7pm and takes about an hour and again perhaps change some laundry over. Weekends are a nightmare to cover and in the future hopefully we can sort of rota so that each person does a Saturday or Sunday a month. 

"If anyone is interested or knows someone who perhaps needs a work experience placement for college, we would interview and have a mutual trial. 

"You need to be reasonably fit and not mind smells and sights best not seen or smelt, we are a jolly crew.  The hedgehogs are wild animals, we are not a petting zoo, and although we have fun we do like to keep a healing and caring environment for the hogs and also us."

You need to be reasonably fit and not mind smells and sights best not seen or smelt, we are a jolly crew.  The hedgehogs are wild animals, we are not a petting zoo, and although we have fun we do like to keep a healing and caring environment for the hogs and also us

The healthcare trust Judy works for is in OPEL (Operational Pressures Escalation Levels) 4, the highest alert level. Judy said: "Covid is still making its presence very well known and medical staff are not immune from it either. I plead to all of you...do not let your guard down and don't go mad over Christmas, January is set to be an extremely long month for us all."

Prickles in a Pickle is a registered charity and has rescued more than 500 hedgehogs since April.

If you would like to contact Judy and Alan about volunteering, call 07891 657104 or email pricklesinapickle@yahoo.com. If you would like to donate to their rescue work, you can use their PayPal link here (you do not need a PayPal account to donate this way, just a debit or credit card). 

Their website www.pricklesinapickle.co.uk has lots of information about the rescue, as well as tips and advice to encourage hedgehogs into your garden, keep them safe and increase their numbers. 

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