A Teesside housing company has supplied a tenant with a new outbuilding for sick and injured Hedgehogs.
Thirteen Group provided the facility for Anne Purchase-Walker, who runs Hoggy Stockton Hogspital.
The 65-year-old has lived in her Thirteen property in Primrose Hill, Stockton, for around six years.
In 2016, she set up Hoggy Stockton Hogspital at her home to care for hedgehogs who are unwell.
Over the years, Anne has found that she needed more space to accommodate her increasing number of patients.
Thirteen and Woodcraft UK have now provided Anne with a new outbuilding in her garden.
It will act as a hedgehog infirmary to help the animals recover.
Anne, who also cares for her 88-year-old mum, said: “People from across the local area bring us hedgehogs that they find in gardens, at the roadside or even in shopping centres.
“Some are sick or injured while others may not be able to find enough food and are underweight.
“Autumn is when many juvenile hedgehogs are brought into us because they’re poorly and lack the fat reserves to even survive, let along hibernate which they usually do from December until March.
“While we’d always want them to overwinter in the wild, if they can’t they will stay in the new outbuilding.
“With hedgehogs, as we always say, ‘out in the day, phone straight away’, as it’s likely to be in trouble.
“So if you see one wandering around the Stockton area during the daylight hours, or looks to be sick or injured, please get in touch.”
The ground work, to install the outbuilding, was carried out by Vision Building Services and colleagues from Thirteen.
One of the little hoglets – Thyrtene – has been named after the housing organisation.
The young male was brought to the “hogspital” to receive treatment and is being weaned.
He will be among the first to go into the new facility when he reaches the correct weight and is healthy enough for release.
Heidi Laverick, neighbourhoods service manager at Thirteen, said: “It’s important that we help our communities to develop and I was happy to get involved in this really worthwhile project.
“Anne and her team are having a positive impact not only for the hedgehogs and the local environment, but also for the people in the community.
“Residents can get involved by looking out for creatures in the area, bringing them along to the hogspital and even volunteering for the project.”
Hoggy Stockton Hogspital, which now includes the Billingham Centre, has around 1,700 helpers.
They volunteer as finders, drivers for vet visits, guardians, delivering talks in schools and workplaces, and foster carers who help to feed up the hedgehogs.
Anne added: “Heidi was very supportive of our work and I’m really grateful to Thirteen who have supplied the building as it’ll enable us to do more of our conservation work and build more community spirit in our neighbourhood.”