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West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue Center receive donations from Beatrix Potter badge profits

Contributed by Helen Whitehead

Earlier in January 1st Birmingham Rainbows presented a large charity cheque of £400 to Joan Lockley, the founder and head rescuer at West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue Centre (WMHR). The star of the show on the day of the presentation was Freddie, only the second tame hedgehog that Joan has ever had, so the girls had a once in a lifetime chance to get up close and personal with Freddie and learn all about hedgehogs.

The donations were raised through the sale of the unit’s Beatrix Potter challenge badge. The badge can be earned by the girls completing a number of activities all linked to the stories or in relation to the childhood of Beatrix Potter. The badge was launched in August and to date the unit has sold over 5000, to the leaders of Ranger, Guide, Brownie and Rainbow units all over the country.

The badge, featuring the iconic image of Peter Rabbit nonchalantly munching on one of Mr McGregor’s carrots, was developed in conjunction with, and with full support of, the license holders. The 3 aims of the badge are to introduce the stories of Beatrix Potter to a whole new generation of girls and leaders, to help raise money for the Rainbow unit and to give back to a charity. It was felt that the West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue is a cause that Beatrix Potter herself might have approved of because of one of her favourite characters, Mrs Tiggi Winkle.
Joan Lockley, founder of WMHR has been rescuing hedgehogs from around the West Midlands for 15 years. She takes on sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs, and if needed treats them in the custom built “Hosprickal”, where some of them are placed in “hoglet sleeping bags” – made from donated beanie hats!
Check out some adorable photos of Freddie with the Rainbows in our gallery.