Press Release: Wednesday 20 April, 2016
Dr Brian May’s Save Me Trust and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue launch #AmazingGrace campaign to save Britain’s Hedgehogs. Tuesday 26 April.
“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.”
Dr Brian May. Dr Brian May’s Save Me Trust and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue are launching a new campaign #AmazingGrace aimed at raising public awareness of the plight of our nation’s favourite wild animal, the hedgehog.
The campaign will be launched in The Atlee Room, Portcullis House on Tuesday, April 26, at 10.00am and is sponsored by Members of Parliament Andrea Jenkyns MP and Oliver Colville MP where attendees will be introduced to the star of the campaign, ‘Grace’, a rescued hedgehog.
Grace can be seen in the launch video at: www.gracethehedgehog.co.uk
Those attending the launch event will have the chance to hear Dr Brian May and Kerry Ellis performi their special version of the classic “Amazing Grace” the theme song for the campaign.
The Save Me Trust and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue ‘Grace’ campaign calls on the public to support their efforts by making a video or picture ‘selfie’ quoting one of the “Amazing Grace” hedgehog facts found on its website and sharing their ‘selfie’ with friends on social media using the hashtag #AmazingGrace. The campaign is designed to create awareness of the threat to the hedgehog population and shows that doing a few simple things could make a real difference to ‘Grace’ and her friends.
Dr Brian, May founder of Save Me said:
“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. We CAN unite and give these wonderful creatures a chance. Help us spread the news.”
Anne Brummer, CEO of Save Me and founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, said:
“We have seen a worrying decline in hedgehogs at our rescue over recent years. It is the impact of man. We are losing so much of our flora and fauna and we need to act now. We decided 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. Without our support, there is a real danger they will be gone from the UK forever. Let’s help save Grace – she is amazing.”
#AmazingGrace Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs Launch Event Details:
Tuesday 26th April, 10am to 12pm, Attlee Suite Portcullis House Dr Brian May and Kerry Ellis will perform “LIVE” at 11.45am. Journalists and Photographers are invited to attend the event. Room Sponsored by Andrea Jenkyns MP and Oliver Colville MP