Woman to walk 500 miles to raise money for Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital
- Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND
When she wakes up, Claire Buckle knows what she's gonna be.
Because she's gonna be the person who raises money for the "inspirational" Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital - by walking 500 miles to help our little spiky friends.
The 51-year-old said she was inspired to take on the mammoth challenge after finding a hedgehog in the road, which had a head injury.
She took her to Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital and, three and a half weeks later, gave the animal - who she has since named Edith - a new home.
Ms Buckle now helps the charity as one of its release volunteers - because the hospital near Newmarket does not have enough space to care for all hedgehogs safely on site.
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It is trying to get larger premises with more land and Ms Buckle hopes to raise money to help the hospital with her walk.
She has raised £200 so far and has already racked up 400 miles by walking 13 miles day since May.
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"I have been inspired after finding a hedgehog on the road," Ms Buckle said.
"I was so supported by [Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital] when I left the hedgehog with them.
"I did not know if it would make it."
Ms Buckle is also trying to get a Suffolk Hedgehog sign in Bergamot Road, near to her home in Monarch Close, to make people aware of the hedgehogs within the area.
"There's been a lot of hedgehogs killed on that road," she said.
Ms Buckle urges people to donate directly to the charity by visiting suffolkhedgehoghospital.com