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Crane donates Hedgehog Rehab Huts to RSPCA East Winch

By Lily Morton - 20th November 2023

As part of our ongoing commitment to social responsibility and our "Crane Citizenship" initiative, members of our Crane Citizenship Team reached out to our local RSPCA branch in East Winch to identify ways we could contribute to the local community and wildlife. One of the biggest challenges the charity currently faces is the ability to take in and rehabilitate injured or sick hedgehogs which are their number 1 patient with over 700 being admitted this year. Upon learning that the branch was urgently seeking new hedgehog huts, which are crucial in rehabilitation process for these hedgehogs, to replace their old, worn-down ones, we eagerly embraced the opportunity to assist.

Crane Garden Buildings - Hedgehog Huts
Hedgehog Huts designed and built by us, that we have donated to RSPCA East Winch

In a collaborative effort, we were able to produce two specially designed hedgehog huts that could cater to the needs of the hedgehogs, use minimal space, and make it easier for staff to work in these areas. With dimensions measuring 0.8 x 1.2 metres, the hedgehog house itself is lifted off the ground to keep them out of harm’s way from any predators and make it easier for staff to use without bending down. These huts have been carefully crafted to provide comfortable and secure homes for rescued hedgehogs. It is estimated that each hut can accommodate one hedgehog, where they will complete the final stage of the rehabilitation process by allowing them to reacclimate to the weather outside before they get released.

As a rural Norfolk based business, we want to help preserve the natural environment around us and support local wildlife where we can. Given the success of our hedgehog hut project, we are hoping to continue working with the RSPCA on another ongoing project for our Citizenship Team which we will be revealing more about in early 2024.  

Our Citizenship Initiative

The Crane Citizenship Team operates with the objective of allocating 1% of the company's annual turnover to charitable causes, with a strong focus on local communities.

In addition to their work with the RSPCA, the team has made substantial contributions to numerous local causes, such as Ashill Primary School, Swaffham Town Youth Football Club, the Bridge for Heroes, and the Merle Boddy Centre.

They have also extended their philanthropic reach to national organisations, including Alzheimer's Research UK, Care for the Carers, Save the Children, and the Yorkshire Aid Convoy, among others.