FOUR baby hedgehogs have bounced back from the brink of death thanks to an Emley family.
Katie Peaker, 11, and her mum Andrea, of Warburton in Emley, found the hedgehogs in their garden three weeks ago.
The hedgehogs were just three weeks old and were close to death.
They were starving and cold.
A fifth hedgehog from the same litter was already dead when it was found.
It is thought that a fox had killed the babies' mother.
Andrea said: "They would have died within a day or so if they hadn't been rescued."
The hedgehogs were taken to Flockton Hedgehog Rescue.
They have now doubled in size.
Katie, 11, named the hedgehogs William, Cutie Pie, Pecan and Walnut.
She visited them at the centre on Tuesday , taking with her a cheque for £315.
She raised the money for the centre by running a `guess the number of sweets in the jar' competition at Kirkburton Middle School, where she is a pupil.
She also held a coffee day at Emley Methodist Church with her mum and grandma Yvonne Graham.
Mrs Graham, also of Warburton, said: "It costs them £150 to run one incubator and Katie decided she wanted to help and raise some money."
Debbie James, who runs Flockton Hedgehog Rescue, said:
"We rely on generosity from people like Katie to carry on."
Katie and Andrea will welcome the hedgehogs back to her garden in several weeks.
She and her mum also plan to foster baby hedgehogs over the winter and are hoping to organise an annual fundraising event for the rescue centre.
Andrea said: "Katie thinks what they do there is fantastic. She's always liked wildlife but since we found the hedgehogs, she's been fascinated."
* FLOCKTON Hedgehog Rescue was set up at New Hall Road seven years ago. Debbie James runs it alone. She said: "I have learned a lot through experience, but I have done wildlife courses and work closely with a vet."
* The centre caters for 45 hedgehogs. It helps hedgehogs suffering from everything from skin infections to injuries inflicted by garden strimmers. It also cares for baby hedgehogs that have been abandoned.
* May to September is the hedgehog breeding season, so the number of abandoned babies rises. Debbie's hospital is currently full because of this.
* Hedgehogs that seem fit and well, or babies that are with their mother, should be left alone.
* But if a hedgehog is injured or is desperate enough to venture out in daylight, it should be taken to a vet or rescue centre.
* Babies who have been alone for more than a day or so should also be rescued.
* To help hedgehogs store up for the winter hibernation, leave cat food and water out for them to eat. DO NOT leave out bread and milk. It is very bad for hedgehogs, whose natural diet is insects, slugs and worms.
* Check grass for hedgehogs before strimming it and check bonfires before lighting them. Hedgehogs often nest inside them.
* For more information, visit www.hedgehoghospital.co.uk.