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Giving Sonic a helping hand


Gloucestershire County Council is lending its support to injured hedgehogs this winter by providing newspapers to the Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre to create beds for them.

This year has seen an increase in the number of injured hedgehogs to the centre, meaning they were short of bedding for the prickly customers.

The Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council dropped off hundreds of newspapers at the centre to help following an appeal from the centre.

Cllr Colin Hay, chairman of the Gloucestershire County Council, said: "When I heard the appeal the other day, I was keen to help in whatever way we could. By collecting lots of old newspapers around the council, we were able to provide some support to the centre that does a fantastic job helping the local wildlife."

Caroline Gould, charity founder of the Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre, said: "We are very grateful for the donation of newspapers as we had almost run out again and we are using a massive quantity every day as bedding for the 300 hedgehogs we have in care at the moment.

"We are also using over 1,000 tins of cat and dog food every single week so, as you can imagine, our resources are stretched to the limit.

"Without the generosity of people reading and responding to our appeals for help we would not be able to carry out our vital work with wildlife."

For more information about the centre, including how to help or get involved, please visit

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