A local hedgehog rescue charity is £100 better off thanks to the diligent work of the Melksham Household Recycling Centre (HRC) team and a donation from The Hills Group charity committee.

Robin Pearse, site supervisor at Melksham HRC, put aside any coins which were found during the daily site clean-up and after two years this totalled £24. The Hills Group charity committee decided to boost this amount up to £100 with its own £76 donation.

The money was donated to Kim Goodridge, who has run the Neston Hedgehog Rescue centre since 2005.

After moving to smaller premises in Ashwood Road, Rudloe, she only takes in hedgehogs rescued from Box, Corsham and Neston. She is currently looking after a dozen hedgehogs.

Kim said: “It is so kind of Hills and Robin to think of us and donate the £100. Mealworms are hedgehog’s favourite food, so the money will go towards that."

As Robin explained: “I’ve made my garden ‘hedgehog friendly’ so I am really pleased that Kim and her team will benefit from the donation. They give so much of their time to give orphaned and ill hedgehogs a second chance.”

Kim added: "We are being inundated with young dehydrated hoglets during the hot weather. Providing water in a shallow dish can help them survive."