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September 2018

Abby is running The Great East Run for us too!

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We are delighted to let you know that we have a second person running the Ipswich Half Marathon – Great East Run – for us on Sunday 16th September!   If you can support Abby Wilson on her fundraising challenge please visit:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=AbbyWilson5&pageUrl=1

Abby will be helping us raise much needed funds for the Branch and in particular our new build project, Project Wilson, which you can find out more about on this site. Thank you Abby!

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Tim rises to the challenge of the Great East Run!

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We are delighted to let you know that Tim Moll will be running The Great East Run in aid of our Branch of the RSPCA on 16th September. The Great East Run is a half marathon and this year returns to Ipswich, Suffolk!   Tim’s wife Rebecca is our Clinic Manager, so he is aware of how much we rely on the support from local people.   If you would like to sponsor Tim and his efforts in raising money for animals in need you can visit

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TimothyMoll

The run starts at 10am in Russell Road, Ipswich. Why not go along and cheer the runners on?

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New isolation kennels complete – almost!

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We are delighted to announce that the new two-kennel isolation block has been completed – but it won’t be able to be used properly until the new drainage system has been installed.

With one standard kennel and one extra large kennel, the new isolation block will have ample space for all types and sizes of dogs, including big guys like Winston the Newfoundland after whom Project Winston is named.

The iso block has its own stainless steel catering-quality kitchen plus storage, so everything can easily be kept clean and completely separate if we have dogs with contagious diseases.

Jean Short, Hon Chairman: “The new support block is really taking shape as well. The shell is watertight and the plasterers are in. The next phase, knocking down the old isolation block and starting on the four kennels, had been slightly delayed whilst our contractors, RG Carters, re-routed the electricity supply which also fed other rooms on site. But we’re back on track and hope to be only slightly later completing than we’d planned.”

Project Winston will allow the RSPCA Animal Centre to continue its work in rehabilitating and rehoming all sorts of animals, especially dogs, from the local area. Led by local contractor R G Carter, the build will replace six of the Animal Centre’s oldest dog kennels with up-to-date facilities, as well as building a new support block to include toilets, shower, office, staff room and a cattery sluice room.

The Branch is a separately registered charity and, despite already raising over £300,000 for Project Winston, is looking to raise the remaining funds through collections and asking supporters to organise fundraising events. The Branch has also created a “Helping Paws” buy a plaque scheme for anyone who would like a permanent commemoration of a beloved pet or person at the Animal Centre. For more information, click here.

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Helping Paws – for Winston

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Buy one of our lovely paws plaques and help us complete Project Winston, the replacement of six of the Animal Centre’s oldest dog kennels with up-to-date facilities.

We have three types of lovely paws plaques available.

Solid brass 4” paw – minimum donation £250
4″ blue acrylic paw – £50 minimum donation
£25 minimum donation for the 2″ blue acrylic paw plaque

In celebration or in loving memory, each plaque can be engraved with a short message of your choice.

The plaques will be put on permanent display in a public area at our Animal Centre in Martlesham.

We are a separately registered charity from the national RSPCA and our Trustees are all unpaid volunteers. Our animal welfare work is not paid for by the national RSPCA and in 2017 over 95% of our income came from our own fundraising efforts, donations and legacies. Project Winston will allow the wonderful staff and volunteers at our RSPCA Animal Centre to continue their work in rehabilitating and rehoming all sorts of animals, especially dogs, from the local area.

For details of how to buy a paw of your own, please click here. Or visit the Project Winston stand at our upcoming Open Day (Sun 23 Sept).

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New display boards donated by Mendlesham Internet Café

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Many thanks to the Mendlesham Internet Café who donated funds for us to buy a set of display boards. These will help us promote our animal welfare and education work.
Pictured are John Player who runs the café with Branch Hon Chairman, Jean Short.

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July 2018

Appointments needed during building works

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During Project Winston, from 28th May until 29th October 2018 inclusive, if you would like to visit the Centre to view or discuss any of our animals available for adoption, you’ll need to make an appointment. This is to allow staff and builders enough space to work.

If you would like to leave donations or visit the animal centre shop, there is no need to make an appointment; just visit during our normal opening hours. Our charity shops – at Hamilton Road, Felixstowe and Tacket Street and Reynolds Road in Ipswich, will also be delighted to receive donations.

Please call the Centre on 0300 999 7321 to book an appointment to see our animals.

To find out more about Project Winston – click here

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May 2018

Free animal welfare talks

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If your group or organisation is looking for an interesting animal welfare talk, then look no further. Gill is our lovely volunteer speaker who can give an engaging talk on animal welfare and the work the Branch does for animals in our local area. The talk can be tailored to adult or child groups, on a class basis that is age appropriate or a full school assembly. The talks are free of charge, but of course we are always open to donations or monies raised via fundraising.

If you would like to book a talk, please email Gill at: education@rspca-ipswich.org.uk or call 01473 623280.

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