PIck up from Telford all sorted, thank you Nicky xx
Here’s our Amazon wish list! https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3I7P8GHW08HA4?ref_=wl_share WELCOME TO WEST MIDLANDS HEDGEHOG RESCUE.
PHONE NUMBERS 07837 409533 or 01922419532 (8am to 10pm every day)
HAVE YOU FOUND A HEDGEHOG IN DISTRESS? CALL US ASAP if you find a sick or injured hedgehog, an orphaned hedgehog or one that is out in the daytime. Hedgehogs DO NOT sunbathe - if you find one out in the daytime it absolutely needs help. Our opening hours are 8am to 10pm every day. PLEASE DO NOT SEND US AN EMAIL OR A SOCIAL MEDIA ME
SSAGE OR COMMENT ABOUT A HEDGEHOG THAT NEEDS OUR HELP. MESSAGES ARE NOT CONTINUOUSLY MONITORED BUT PHONES ARE MONITORED 8AM to 10PM EVERY DAY (out of hours please contact your local 24hr emergency vet). SENDING US A MESSAGE WILL WASTE VITAL TIME IN GETTING HELP TO THE HEDGEHOG(s) YOU HAVE FOUND - messages are intermittently checked by remote volunteers - Calls go straight to our hedgehog carer Joan. ALWAYS CALL US - this is an emergency situation for the hedgehog(s) ���
Without donations we couldn’t do what we do! If you can spare anything to help us help hedgehogs - no matter how small - it will be very much appreciated and accepted with immense gratitude. OUR AMAZON WISH LIST IS HERE! : https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3I7P8GHW08HA4?ref_=wl_share
We accept cash donations by bank transfer to :
ACCOUNT NAME: West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue
SORT CODE: 30-90-90
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 43716060
For general questions please email or message using the contact details on our website - please check our FAQ section of our website before sending us a message as you may find the info you are looking for there : www.wmhr.org.uk
The founder of WMHR Joan Lockley has been inundated with urgent calls to rescue and collect injured, dehydrated or small weight hedgehogs who will not survive this year’s hibernation without her assistance. You can help in simple ways.
• Leave water in a low heavy dish in a sheltered spot in your garden and top up daily
• Be a ‘stage’ transporter for injured or hedgehogs
• Join, like and share the page with everyone to highlight the cause
• Donate old hutches, small or large, to us as housing for the casualties to be cared for
• Donate ‘puppy pads’ or human incontinence pads (square padded liners) for hygiene in the pens.
• Become a fosterer until hedgehogs can be released.
• Become a fundraiser for WMHR to help Joan, a pensioner who single handed feeds, collects and cares for hundreds of hedgehogs every year. Donate unwanted (in-date) dried dog food (not fish) or wet cat food to help with feeding the hedgehogs. Amazon wish list
PIck up from Telford all sorted, thank you Nicky xx
Many, many thanks go again to my friends at Revolting Animals for their donation to my hedgehog rescue. Thank you also must go to members of the Old Bikers and RA who gave money instead of sending Christmas cards this year. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy, Happy 2024. Love to you all, Joan ###
I haven’t forgotten you ladies. Thank you for keeping your eye on myself and my village again this last year. I hope you both have a well deserved rest this Christmas with no call outs. (Well, not on Christmas Day anyway!). Joan.
It’s all happening now with Facebook friends turning up with cards and gifts for myself and the hedgehogs, Molly too.
At long last I can put faces to names so thank you Julie and David, and also the lovely lady who came up my drive laden with gifts just as I was about to collect Molly from the B***y Parlour, unfortunately although I know your face well, I couldn’t read your name on your Christmas card but it’s a great big thank you to all of you anyway. (I’m the worlds worst at remembering names,sorry)
Isn’t it getting exciting!!!!! 🤶😀.
WHO IS THE VERY KIND PERSON who left a big bag of goodies for the hedgehogs either last night or early this morning?
Whoever you are, thank you very much indeed and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy New Year. Joan. ###
Look at what the learners at Rodbaston College are doing next week, to raise money for my hedgehog rescue. Aren’t they wonderful!
Thank you so much, Rodbaston College and your learners.
Our level 1 Animal Care learners are doing a 5-mile sponsored walk next Tuesday, the 19th of December, in order to raise funds for West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue! 🦔💚
🚶♀️🚶♂️ They will be walking from College to village and back, and our students wanted to support this charity at Christmas as they are doing fantastic work looking after our local wildlife!
Funds raised will support the charity to purchase much-needed essential resources to provide care for the hedgehogs. Any donations would be greatly appreciated ➡ https://orlo.uk/kj5LD
You can also see more about what the West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue do, and why they do it, here ➡ https://orlo.uk/HN5v0
Lots of people have stopped sending Christmas Cards this year (me being one of them) because the price of the stamps, and some are very kindly giving the money that they save on stamps to various charities, my Hedgehog Rescue being one of them. Gina has already done this and has kindly brought the money to me, thank you very much indeed Gina.
However, other people are asking the details of the hedgehogs bank account so that they can send the money by bank transfer, so here we go;
SORT CODE. 30 - 90 - 90
ACCOUNT NUMBER 437 160 60
under the name of Joan Lockley, West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue
Thank you in advance everyone. Joan.
“And just when you think it’s all over”, but no, they are STILL coming in!! Here is Natalie who picked this one up this morning from a lady in Cannock, and Dave with one from Brownhills, with 2 more (so far) yet to come.
I bet you any money I will get one on Christmas Day.
A lady named Dawn Ferguson called at the weekend and presented me with a large carrier bag full of goodies for my rescue hedgehogs.
She asked me to mention a very special little boy named Luke who sold raffle tickets to help raise funds for me, so————————-
THANK YOU SO MUCH LUKE FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK, ALL OF MY POORLY SPIKY FRIENDS THANK YOU ALSO 🦔👏🏼👍
We had a good day in Lichfield at the Animal Fundraising. It was a lovely atmosphere made even more enjoyable with the new addition of a choir singing carols.
Thank you Julia and team for inviting me, yet again, and thank you for all of the hard work that you put into the event.
I would like to thank Sam, Hayley and Peter for all of their help and also an extra big thank you to Hayley for all of the wonderful items that she made to sell at the event.
The Revolting Animals turned up handing out goods and donations to the animal rescues again. Thank you so much RA, what a wonderful family of people you are, I’m so proud to be involved with you and also proud that you look on me as a friend.
Thank you everyone who has sent cat food for my rescue hedgehogs and a big thank you to the person who left a large parcel of same on my doorstep on Friday, the box was so heavy I had to cut it open and take the food in in stages.
What would I do without you all!!! 😘🦔
HELP!!! HELP!!! HELP!!!
Is there someone out there who can collect an injured hedgehog from me in the morning and then take it to Straitons vets in Penkridge?
I have to go to the Animal Rescue Christmas Fund Raising in Lichfield tomorrow at 10-30am so won’t have time to go to the vets which doesn’t open anyway till 10 tomorrow.
ANYONE PLEASE, CAN YOU HELP?
RING ME ON 07837 409533
A slight change of subject. People ask me why I prefer tinned cat food to cat food in pouches, it’s simple. The pouches contain a lot more jelly in them which most of my hedgehogs don’t like so that every morning I find the dishes have a thick layer of jelly on the bottom of the dishes which is left after the hedgehogs have picked the meat out.
Well, what’s wrong with that you ask, my answer, it’s wasteful, and also the hedgehogs are getting less actual meat in their dishes.
I did think of emptying some tinned cat food into one saucer, then in another saucer put some meat out of a couple of pouches so you could see what I mean then thought damn it, you know what I’m trying to say and anyway, look at the mess I’ll have to clean up afterwards 🤬.
Folks, if you want to donate cat food for my resident hedgehogs and you can’t get tinned, get pouches,it’s all gratefully accepted.
This is a very young hedgehog, what is known as an Autumn Juvenile and I’ve had lots of these coming in over the last few weeks. Unfortunately these late babies have a high mortality rate because they have had a hard struggle through the increasingly cold weather and lack of food, most of them have a heavy burden of worms as well.
Unless you can think of a better name, I reckon Cheeky suits her because she has never shown any fear of me and actually comes out of her bed when I enter the Hosprickal and starts scratching at the paper like mad and climbing up her door demanding to be fed. I shouldn’t feed her till the evening really as it encourages bad habits, but I have to give in to her for peace sake.
Can anyone work this one out for me. It’s telling us all over the internet and on the telly and in the newspapers, in fact there is advice everywhere on how to keep our homes warm to save on the fuel bills. Fill in any holes, fit draughty excluding tape around windows, don’t heat rooms that you don’t use, keep doors closed to conserve heat, the list goes on.
THEN, open windows whenever possible to prevent condensation 🤔!!!
I asked for tinned cat food and I got it!! This is Clare who along with hubby Anthony, turned up on my doorstep with this great load of food for my hedgehogs this morning.
Their reward, a cuddle of Rosie. Well, hardly a cuddle, I needed a crow bar to prise Rosie from their grip!! Molly got her fair share of cuddles too I might add.
Told you didn’t I, once you come to my house and see and touch a real live hedgehog, you are hooked, Clare and Anthony surely are.
Many thanks again both ###
ITS ME AGAIN FOLKS!!!
People keep asking me where my wish list is, tell the truth I really don’t know as I can’t find it myself, and when I do find it once someone one has ordered from it, that particular item then disappears off the site!!
If anyone does want to donate to my resident hedgehogs, I am running short of tinned cat food, meat in jelly, NOT fish or gravy, it doesn’t have to be a named brand, just the cheapest you can get. The hedgehogs never get to read the tin!!
Thank you friends. Joan.
You think that it’s all over for us Hedgehog Rescues now that the weather has turned cold, you are wrong. You think that as soon as the temperature drops the hedgehogs go into hibernation, wrong again!!
The unfortunates are still coming in as this one did this morning, (not David, the hedgehog) and they will still keep coming in till after Christmas, in fact I always get one on Christmas Day, and even when they do stop coming in, all of the hedgehogs that I have in the Hosprickal need to be attended to with the underweight ones being kept warm until they are heavy enough to return to the wild.
It’s a twelve month of the year job being a hedgehog rescue. 🦔.
Thanks to the lovely lady who bought me, and my friend Sharon, a drink last night at the Great Wyrley Academy.
The lady, I don’t recall her name, said that I had helped her with a hedgehog last year and that she wanted to buy me a drink as a thank you. Well, all I can say to the lady is thank YOU for the lovely gesture, and to the Wyrley Pretenders, thank you for a great show, I laughed my socks off!! Joan.
ANYONE FREE ON SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER?
If so, come along and help raise some much needed money for the animal rescues who will be there.
I will be there as usual so if you have any questions about hedgehogs that I can help you with, I will try and answer them, but please note that there will be no animals allowed in the hall this year. Joan.
LOOK WHAT SUE AND LEE HAVE SENT ME!!!
Thank you both so much and also for the 2 hedgehogs which were inside, (not real ones I might add folks)
Sue and Lee have sent this brand new, unused hedgehog home for me to sell to raise money for my rescue, so, who is going to bid first?
We will give it a week, hey, next Sunday 25th November? Midnight?
Very many thanks again Sue and Lee, it’s a brilliant, kind idea. Joan ###
PS The lid does lift off for cleaning.
A BIG THANK YOU TO WHOEVER IT WAS THAT LEFT ALL OF THE GOODIES FOR THE HEDGEHOGS ON MY STEP THIS MORNING and indeed everyone who contributes in this way.
I don’t often know who it is but I assure you, everything is appreciated.
NOW THIS IS NEW AND VERY DIFFERENT!!!
A lovely couple, (they have to be lovely to treat me to a meal!😀) have ordered any meal I fancy, plus a sausage for Molly, from our local fish and chip shop run by Yasemi for me as a thank you for all of the hedgehogs I rescue.
Isn’t that absolutely super, so unusual.
Thank you very much indeed Helen, John and of course Yasemi 👏🏼👍❤️🦔######xx
I’m trying to contact the lady who not only made the baby hedgehog nests for me, but who also made all of the beautiful items .that sold out at my open day.
I’ve always been hopeless at remembering names but talking to literally hundreds of people a week doesn’t help.
So, nice lady whoever you are, can you ring/text me please, it’s about the fundraiser at Boley Park. Joan.
THANK YOU EVERYONE who has offered to pick up the West Bromwich hedgehog but Ann is now going to collect it.
Thank you folks, you are all stars and Ann, you are the brightest star of them all tonight 😘😘😘😘🦔.
All these offers of help on Christmas Day!!! Absolutely Wonderful!!
What I’ll do is I’ll keep my iPad with me over Christmas, along with a pen and notebook then if I get a call about a needy hedgehog I can put an appeal out for someone to pick it up for me.
Remember to keep your phone/computer on though.
Thank you all who have offered. Joan.
I will answer all of your questions on my last post separately. The large numbers of hedgehogs coming in at the moment are called Autumn Juveniles, these are hedgehogs that are born late in the year and stand very little chance of getting through the winter.
I like hedgehogs to weigh at least 600 grams or more if they are to survive hibernation during this present climate, these little ones coming in at an alarming rate are only weighing in at 200grams approximately so they will have to be kept in over the winter till they are heavy enough and the weather is right.
Folks think that because I get very few hedgehogs in throughout the months of December through to April/May, I have a lovely long rest sitting there reading the Woman’s Weekly and doing my knitting————-I wish?? No, I may still have a shed full of smelly, dirty little spiky things to clean out and care for and I never fail to get a call on Christmas Day.
Christmas Day is a bad day to have a call because when I say, “Can you bring the hedgehog to me?” I get the inevitable answer, “Sorry, I’ve had a drink”..
This means that on the 25th of December I can’t even have my Lambrini because I’ve got to go and pick up a hedgehog!!!😢.
And they are still coming in. Cold, wet but the phone goes on ringing; “Can you help please, we’ve found a hedgehog lying on our lawn in daytime”. That’s another 7 in today. It’s getting monotonous isn’t it? I tell you what, I will let you know when the hedgehogs STOP coming in, shall I? Joan.
A BIG THANK YOU TO DONNA AND ALSO DAVID FOR THEIR MONETARY DONATIONS.
HELLO FOLKS. I KEEP GETTING ASKED HOW TO DONATE TO MY HEDGEHOG RESCUE SO HERE ARE THE BANK DETAILS FOR WMHR.
SORT CODE 30-90-90
ACCOUNT NUMBER 437 160 60 under the name of Joan Lockley, West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue.
Still unbelievably busy with no let up in the numbers of mainly young or very young hedgehogs coming in. This is Anna with the 7th hedgehog to come in to me today. Anna who comes from Walsall Wood, found this little Autumn Juvenile out in the daylight today.
There seems to be no let up, it’s like a never ending 24 hour a day treadmill which I get on first thing in the morning and just keep going all day till after dark and this has been non stop since May. So far this year I have taken in 700 sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs. I described it to a friend today as like living in a bubble of phone calls, hedgehogs and people and very little else. Last Sunday I was waving my arms in the air shouting, “Yes, there IS a god!” because of the incessant phone calls from 8am I got to the point at 10-30am by stopping in my tracks of cleaning the hedgehogs out and saying, “please, give me just one hour without the phone ringing” and was absolutely amazed when the phone didn’t ring again till 4pm. Very, very strange.
Most of the rescues have the same problem and most also have had to close their doors because they are bulging at the seams. As I said to my friends at Cuan Wildlife Rescue, I’ll be so glad when the hedgehogs stop coming in now as all of us animal rescues need a rest. Joan.
This is Pinky, so called because of his partially pink nose and paws. I’ve had him a couple of months at least because his one back leg was just a stump where he had obviously had an accident or had it bitten off.
Unfortunately, although I was giving him antibiotics, the stump remained raw and sore looking so my vet removed the leg at the hip and as you can see, he is now a happy, healthy hedgehog although he never stops mumbling and grumbling to himself.
Pinky won’t be released back into the wild but will go into a secure garden where a watchful eye can be kept on him, maybe even mine for a while.
Another teeny brought to me today by my friend Sandra, (Sandra is the lady who has given a home in her garden to Precious, remember?) the poor little thing isn’t very old, it’s cold and wringing wet. It’s chance of survival is 50/50 and any hedgehogs seen out in the day now in this weather are going to struggle to survive so PLEASE, please don’t leave them out, follow the usual procedure found on my website then contact me. Joan.
THANK YOU JENNY AND
TRACY WHO DROVE ALL THE WAY TO TELFORD IN THE POURING RAIN LAST NIGHT TO PICK UP A HEDGEHOG THAT HAD BEEN RESCUED FROM THE ROAD BY A VERY KIND GENTLEMAN WHO HAD WRAPPED THE HEDGEHOG IN HIS COAT AND ARRANGED TO MEET THE TWO LADIES AT THE SERVICE STATION.
I CAN NEVER GET OVER THE LENGHS SOME PEOPLE WILL GO TO TO HELP ANIMALS AND THIS RESCUE WAS WAY BEYOND JUST KINDNESS.
THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO PICKED THE HEDGEHOG UP AND THANK YOU SO MUCH JENNY AND TRACY. 🦔❤️ xx
Thank you SO much for my birthday card, what a lovely surprise! Julian, please contact me personally, you know how to find my email address etc and don’t worry, I’m not going to release any of your contact details, I promise!! Lots of Love, Joan x
TO stay on the subject of my birthday just this once more, I would like to thank the 2 singers of the night Tony and Mark for their excellent contribution, I’m sure that anyone who attended will agree with me just how good they both were!
I have thanked them both personally but think they deserve a special mention on my page. Joan.
It was my birthday last Friday (okay, you all know anyway, it was my 80th) and I held a party at Hawkins Sports and Social Club.
The threat, sorry instructors, to all guests was NO GIFTS PLEASE, of course some people totally ignored me and asked around what sort of things I liked. Well, it seems all and sundry know that I have a taste for Lambrini so apart from other really nice presents which there isn’t room for here, this is what I drove home with. Apparently I must have mentioned that I like Baileys so 2 kind friends locked onto that idea.
(I have to add that some of the bottles at the back are litres of Lambrini)The beautiful flowers were delivered to me from my wonderful Old Bikers Family and the other display from my dear, dear friends Martin and Mikey.
I had the most memorable, perfect evening amongst friends old and new, over 80 of them I believe,and all I can say to all of you is,
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Joan
Crazy busy now, I’m packed out all of the time and having to do something I don’t like doing and that is putting more than one hedgehog in a cage at a time. I wouldn’t do it with adult hedgehogs but I’ve been doubling up the younger ones, I’ve got no choice, no space, but keeping a close eye on them.
People who bring hedgehogs to me will tell you that it’s common for both phones to be ringing at once, incessantly, along with the doorbell ding donging. It’s very stressful.
Never mind, it will go quieter, ———————-eventually 😳. Joan.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IM NOT AVAILABLE.
I’ve had to go into Cannock to pay 2 cheques into the bank and the mobile has not stopped ringing to the point where I’ve had to switch it off!
This is what rescuing is, no time to eat, no time to shop, no time to do anything personal at all, I even have to take the phone into the bathroom with me.
This is one reason so many rescues pack in. I have one very dear friend who can’t come to my special birthday bash because she can’t find anyone to look after her rescue birds whilst she is away for a scarce few hours.
I’m not the only one folks, there are a lot of animal/bird rescues In exactly the same position so please have patience when I can’t answer the phone straight away, just leave me a message and I’ll get back to you when I can. Joan 🦔x
Here at long last is mum, who I haven’t seen since she came to me with her tiny little hoglets weeks ago, gosh how they have grown!
These babies are the ones pictured below but now with mum.
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