On Tuesday 26th April 2016, Dr Brian May and Anne Brummer launched a joint campaign to save Britain's hedgehogs in Portcullis House, London. The campaign is called #AmazingGrace in honour of Grace a rescue hedgehog that came into Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue last autumn, underweight and suffering from 'fly-strike' in a deep wound to her neck.
The launch event in London’s Portcullis House was attended by MP’s and celebrities including Oliver Colvile MP, who last year launched a petition on the government website to help save hedgehogs (you can sign the petition here). Shadow environment secretary Kerry McCarthy and Lib Dem Peer, Baroness Bonham Carter also joined in to support Grace and her friends.
Singer and actress Kerry Ellis joined Brian May to perform a stirring and emotional version of “Amazing Grace’; the traditional 18th-century hymn.
Downton Abbey’s Peter Egan and TV’s Marc the Vet along with Conservative, Labour, Lib-Dem, Green and SNP MP’s listened to Anne Brummer, founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue explain why our hedgehogs are in such a serious decline.
Fay Vass, CEO of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Henry Johnson from Hedgehog Street and Hugh Warwick, Ecologist and author of A Prickly Affair, who has been studying hedgehogs for more than 20 years were on hand with some expert advice. Celebrity guests and MP’s enjoyed our special vegan ‘Hoggy’ cupcakes and were given a unique flyer full of hedgehog friendly tips and a 4 inch (25cm) square - the size of the hole required in your garden fence to allow Grace and her friends access through.