Amazing Grace PR 25th April 2016
Grace is a rescue hedgehog from Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue who has inspired a ‘rock star’ to help save Britain’s hedgehogs.
Queen legend Dr. Brian May, along with singer and actress Kerry Ellis, played their version of the Amazing Grace classic eighteenth-century hymn live to an audience of MP’s in Portcullis House at yesterday’s launch.
Brian May said; “The UK’s hedgehogs are in trouble. Our hedgehog population has dropped dramatically from 35 million to less than a million in the last forty years."
“We want to highlight the dangers faced by hedgehogs in Britain today and the threat of how they could be extinct by 2025 - that’s less than 10 years - unless we can help them. How shocking that hedgehogs are in danger of extinction in this country. We have destroyed most of the hogs' habitat by over development and ruined what’s left with poisons and restrictions on their movement."
Grace, who arrived at Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue last Autumn as an underweight juvenile suffering from ‘fly strike’ from a deep wound on her neck, was filmed at the rescue centre, highlighting many of the common hazards that hedgehogs face.
Anne Brummer, who founded the centre, said “We have seen a worrying decline in hedgehogs at our rescue over recent years. It is the impact of man. It would only take some very simple changes to our gardens to support hedgehogs...We decided that Grace's story would be ideal to raise awareness of the challenges that Grace and her fellow hedgehogs face and encourage everyone to get involved and make changes”.
“There are simple changes that you can make to your garden to become Grace friendly. If we all do something we can help hedgehogs survive in the UK."
Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and Brian May’s Save Me Trust have launched the campaign on social media and they want you to get involved. It’s called the Amazing Grace Challenge and it’s really easy - just take a ‘selfie’ of you with a sign saying why you love hedgehogs and include the #AmazingGrace - post it on your Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends to share it. Then just do one (or more) of the things to help Grace and her friends avoid some of the hazards.
Facebook: Amazing Grace Hedgehog Challenge Twitter: @HedgehogGrace Website: www.gracethehedgehog.co.uk
Help our hedgehogs. Let’s help save Grace, she is amazing. For further information please contact: Anne Brummer Tel: 01344 625800 or 01344 623106