On behalf of the branch and all the many animals that pass through our doors, I would like to say a huge thank you to our staff, volunteers and supporters, and of course my fellow Trustees for your support and enthusiasm to this branch which enables us to achieve all we do for animal welfare in Ipswich and East Suffolk.
Happy New Year.
Jean Short – Hon. Chairman
We’re pleased to say that the technical problem affecting our Martlesham Animal Centre phone line has now been resolved. Callers can now use the usual phone number of 0300 999 7321 between 9am and 4.30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Another unexpectedly exciting event for the Branch saw our Christmas Fair (25th Nov) plunged into darkness (well, almost) when the electricity failed part way through the morning. Despite having no electricity the stallholders and volunteers soldiered on to raise an excellent £861.81 and all involved seemed to have a wonderfully festive day.
The power cut particularly affected the kitchen and refreshments. So a massive debt of gratitude to our kitchen volunteers Sue, Pat, Janet & Eve, as well as to Animals Asia for heating water in their camper van and Ged Gora – stall holder – who chased back & forth to his home with flasks of boiling water so we could make hot drinks. And not forgetting Sue Southgate’s husband, Steve, who fetched, heated and returned the soup!
Many thanks to the Villages Voices choir who contributed greatly to the festive atmosphere, and to Santa who was a great success with our younger visitors. And a final Thank You to the volunteers who helped set up and pack away, to our stallholders who remained cheerful throughout, and all the local community who came along to support us. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Our November Quiz Night (18 Nov) was a grand success, taking almost £1,000! Despite being thin on the ground with volunteers the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Providing a stimulating quiz for twenty teams and hot jacket potatoes for over 100 people, the night was a busy one. Many thanks to Stephen for writing and hosting the quiz, Dawn for the raffle and Ray for rubbish collection and checking Stephen’s adding up, and especially to Laura, our newest volunteer, for her energetic and cheerful help from set-up to packing away.
The success of the event reiterated how much support we have, however it did highlight how thinly our fundraising volunteers are spread making it difficult to hold these fun, popular events. The money we raise through organising our own events, including taking the RSPCA stall to outside events and doing supermarket collections, goes to supporting the animals in our care – paying their vet bills, heating their pens and providing food, treats and toys, plus much, much, more. So if you are thinking of volunteering for us in the New Year, please consider becoming a fundraiser. Contact Kate on 01449 614057 or email email@example.com
Our Felixstowe Team held a charity collection at the Co-op Store in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe. They raised £96 (with Gift Aid). Another successful fundraising event!
Rescue animals deserve to be spoilt all year round, just as much as any owned animals who get to spend their time in a loving home with their families. Although staff will work around the clock to give love and attention to our animals, we would love to give them special treats. Why not check out our Amazon Wishlist and send a present to the centre? You can even dedicate it to an animal of your choice! Follow the link to find out what our animals would enjoy most https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/3PQZO42033KEB