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Haverhill animal lover set out on a 500 mile walk to raise money for the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital




The discovery of an injured hedgehog by a Haverhill woman has led to her taking on the challenge of walking 500 miles to help a Suffolk charity that cares for the spiny little mammals.

Claire Buckle has already walked about 200 miles - she tends to do at least 60miles every week - but she wants to go the whole hog and achieve her ultimate target by July.

The 51-year-old, of Monarch Close, is doing it all to help The Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital, located not far from Haverhill, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, in The Hill, Ousden.

Claire Buckle with the hedgehog that she took to the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital. Submitted picture
Claire Buckle with the hedgehog that she took to the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital. Submitted picture

Having found the hedgehog, which it turns out had an abscess and a head injury, close to Bergamot Road (a stone’s throw from her house) Claire is also pushing Suffolk County Council to put up signs asking motorists using the road to ‘slow down for hedgehogs’.

Claire explained how, having found the hog she discovered the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital online and got in touch with its founder, Sue Stubley, who told her to take it over ‘straight away’.

“I was just amazed really at the inspiration of the lady and the work she is doing,” said Claire.

Founder of the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital, Sue Stubley, with babies Onion and Romeo. Picture by Mark Westley
Founder of the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital, Sue Stubley, with babies Onion and Romeo. Picture by Mark Westley

“She is running that place (helped by volunteers) on her own and I thought she deserves some support.”

Claire has also been in touch with Suffolk County Council about having the slow down signs erected by Bergamot Road, where she says, a number of hedgehogs have been killed.

“I’m waiting for their response. I’m hoping to get signs up because they are an endangered species.

“Sue has this hospital and she is looking for donations and support to get a bigger bit of land and a bigger hospital for the hedgehogs.

Claire Buckle with the hedgehog she found and took to the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital. Submitted picture
Claire Buckle with the hedgehog she found and took to the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital. Submitted picture

“I am going to it (the walk) probably by the end of June because I am doing 12 to 15 miles a day. I am out in all weathers.”

Rather than have donations sent to her, Claire, who last year walked 300 miles to raise money for Dogs for Good, would like any monies sent directly to the Suffolk Hedgehog Hospital.

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