Skegness community church helps Authorpe hedgehog hospital

Stacey Batham, Volunteer Worker for Hedgehog Care ' Elaine Drewery, Proprietor Hedgehog Care ' Mrs Sheila Harland, Hedgehog Care Fundraiser for Skegness Area - Reverend Ian Banks, Minister, Skegness Community Church of the Nazarene ' Seated is Michelle Clark, Volunteer worker for the Meeting Point Charity Shop.
Stacey Batham, Volunteer Worker for Hedgehog Care ' Elaine Drewery, Proprietor Hedgehog Care ' Mrs Sheila Harland, Hedgehog Care Fundraiser for Skegness Area - Reverend Ian Banks, Minister, Skegness Community Church of the Nazarene ' Seated is Michelle Clark, Volunteer worker for the Meeting Point Charity Shop.

A hospital that cares for needy hedgehogs is the latest charity to benefit from a donation from a community church.

Hedgehog Care, Lincolnshire’s famous little Hedgehog Hospital based in Authorpe near Louth, received a donation from the Skegness Commu nity Church of the Nazarene based at the County Hotel, North Parade, Skegness.

The recent donation to Hedgehog Care of £90 was part of the church’s continuing commitment to local charities since it open its Meeting Point Charity Shop in April 2011.

The Reverend Ian Banks said, “We have supported many local charities since the shop opened with total donations now exceeding £3,700. This latest donation is yet another example of our dedication to working in and with the local community.”

Elaine Drewery started Hedgehog Care in 1980 and she relies solely on donations to fund the work she does in the nursing of weak, ill and injured hedgehogs before releasing them back into their natural habitat in the countryside.

It costs 40 pence per day to feed a hedgehog and some £300 per month for vet’s bills.

At any one time the hospital can have between 50 and 200 plus hedgehogs in its care.

“With the constant destruction of their natural habitat the situation for wildlife is desperate and sadly hedgehogs are in decline to the point where they are now an endangered species,” added Revd Banks.

Elaine Drewery said: “Although our workload is heavy we pledge our continued dedication to hedgehog welfare and to the miscellany of other wild creatures who arrive at the door in need of care.

“We are very grateful for this donation from The Skegness Community Church of Nazarene. Support such as this shows an understanding of the nursing, feeding, transportation and veterinary costs involved in running the hedgehog hospital.”

Not only has the Meeting Point Charity Shop enabled the donations, but they are also offering the opportunity to relax over a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit for just 50p, as well as offering a very wide range of good quality used items at sensible and affordable prices.

The Meeting Point Charity Shop is currently operating two mornings a week.

It runs from 9am until 1pm on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.