Potter raises funds for badger vaccination

Helen is raising money for Sussex Wildlife Trust's badger vaccination programme by auctioning clay sculptures. Photo by Miles Davies. SUS-150427-100751001

Helen is raising money for Sussex Wildlife Trust's badger vaccination programme by auctioning clay sculptures. Photo by Miles Davies. SUS-150427-100751001

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Sussex potter Helen Hodson has raised more than £1,100 to support Sussex Wildlife Trust’s badger vaccination programme, which is due to start on nature reserves in Eastbourne and Lewes next month.

Helen raised the funds by auctioning three original handmade ceramic badgers and now, she hopes to add some more money to the pot by selling a unique clay sculpture of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker - a recreation of Martin Le-May’s famous photograph.

The 33-year-old put the item up for auction on eBay on Friday, April 24, where it will run for ten days. The current bid stands at £86, with 50 per cent of the money going towards the charity’s education programme.

Helen said, ’‘When Martin’s picture went global many people thought it was a joke – it certainly made me laugh - but I have checked with experts and, although rare, this ‘piggy back ride’ can happen.”

To place a bid on the sculpture, visit www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk.