There's a mountain to climb to aid hedgehog rescue centre
By Somerset Standard | Friday, September 06, 2013, 12:30
A RETIRED Frome police sergeant is to take on his biggest case to date – climbing Kilimanjaro for charity.
Former police sergeant Graham Moxey is planning to climb the 5,895m high Tanzanian mountain on September 12 for the Prickles Hedgehog Rescue centre, in Cheddar.
Mr Moxey served as a police officer in Frome, Shepton Mallet, Radstock, Keynsham and Bath for 30 years before retiring from the force in 2009. He now works as a senior security officer at the University of Bath.
In November last year Mr Moxey found a tiny female hedgehog at the side of the road, too small to survive winter.
He took the creature, which he called Clara, to Prickles, who were able to care for her prior to her release back to the wild this spring.
The 57-year-old said: "Climbing Kilimanjaro will be tough going. I trekked to Everest base camp in 2010 but the thought of tackling Kilimanjaro which dominates the African landscape is just mind-blowing.
"As well as being a great personal achievement any money I can raise for charities such as Prickles, may help slow the decline of the hedgehog and ultimately stop it becoming extinct."
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.
Mr Moxey hopes to raise about £500 and anyone who wishes to sponsor him can do so by visiting his Justgiving page, www.justgiving.com/Gra ham-Moxey.
For more information about Prickles visit www.prickles hedgehogrescue.org.uk.