Jessica names vets’ hedgehog and their van

Alex Wylie from Eastgate Vets with their hedgehog mascot, and competition winners Jessica Willingham and Max Baldry.
Alex Wylie from Eastgate Vets with their hedgehog mascot, and competition winners Jessica Willingham and Max Baldry.
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A VET surgery’s hedgehog mascot now has a name thanks to Jessica Willingham.

Eastgate Veterinary Group, whose headquarters are in Cotton Lane, Bury St Edmunds, have used a hedgehog cartoon on their adverts and literature for four years.

But practice partner Alex Wylie said: “He’s never been named, which I think is a bit sad.”

So to solve the prickly question of a hedgehog name, they ran a competition in the Bury Free Press during the school summer holidays.

They asked children to draw their own picture of him and come up with a good hedgehog name.

Jessica, a five year old pupil at Tollgate School, won with the name Herbie, taking the first prize of vouchers for a day with four friends at the Bury roller skating venue CurveMotion plus a magic game.

But Alex said the vets were so impressed with the picture drawn by Abbots Green School pupil Max Baldry, also five, that they added a special prize for him of a magic game.

The children collected their prizes at CurveMotion last week.

Alex added: “I drive our van with the hedgehog on the side so now I can call my van Herbie.

“I can say’ I’m just going out in Herbie’. It’s a great name for a hedgehog.”