AS part of a national campaign, hedgehogs were out in force over the weekend to appeal to the good nature of Chichester shoppers.
For Hedgehog Awareness Week, Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital in Sidlesham teamed up with Pets at Home in Portfield Retail Park, Chichester.
Hospital manager at Brent Lodge, Emma Pink, 26, went along to the pet store with two hedgehogs that won over the hearts of all the shoppers.
“We’re doing this not only for this week, but as a month-long fundraising appeal,” said Emma. “We are the chosen charity for Pets at Home this month.
“The money raised will go to funding the care and rehabilitation of all the British wildlife we care for – including hedgehogs, mice, swans, deer, foxes, owls, and other birds.”
The two hedgehogs with Emma were both badly injured when they arrived at Brent Lodge – one had gone blind, and the other had a leg missing and scar tissue damage, meaning it was left unable to curl up into a ball.
Shoppers were given the opportunity to enter a competition to name the hedgehogs, with cuddly toys given to the winning participants.
Emma added: “We have 30 hedgehogs at Brent Lodge at the moment, and can take in around 600 every year.
“This event at the retail park is to raise awareness of what we do and highlight the rapid and significant decline of hedgehogs in the UK.
“We would also like to express our gratitude and thanks to all the shoppers who have donated, and to Pets at Home for their support.”
Emma and the Brent Lodge team have raised more than £1,000 throughout their fundraising drive.
Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year.
For further information about Brent Lodge, a registered charity, visit the website www.brentlodge.org
The team also use social media to update followers on how the animals in their care are progressing.
Find them on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brent.lodge.wildlife or on Twitter by following @brentlodge