Can we build it – for Winston?
Help us complete Project Winston, a £420,000 building project at the RSPCA Animal Centre at Martlesham, which will replace six of our old dog kennels with new, up-to-date blocks, as well as improving staff, volunteer and visitor facilities.
Half of the new kennels will be bigger than normal, to provide better accommodation for bigger dogs, like Winston. Winston was a sweet Newfoundland dog who came into the Centre as a cruelty case, but he finally found his forever home with a family that loved him dearly.
The Branch already has £316,586 in grants, donations and legacies, and we’re raising the additional money through activities, including collections, events, a sponsorship scheme and asking our supporters to organise fundraising events on our behalf. For more information on how to make a donation and some fundraising ideas, please click here.
This project is for Winston and all the animals that are still looking for the thing they want most – a loving forever home.
Project Winston News
Here are some results from our lovely volunteers taking the RSPCA stall to various fundraising events around the area.
We’ll kick things off with a completely new event – the Fun Dog Show at Castle Hill Park on 9th June. With a lovely atmosphere and even lovelier dogs, we raised a magnificent £115.
Whitworth Vets Fairy Tale themed Open Day and Fun Dog show on 8 July was, as always, a lively event and raised £86.75. Many thanks to Jean, Sue and Bekkie for running the stall and a huge thank you to Whitworth vets for inviting us and donating a share the takings from the gate, raffle and refreshments to our rebuild campaign, Project Winston.
On the same day, Stephen and Mary took a selection from the main stall to the Woodbridge Royal British Legion Centenary Commemoration of the Ending of WW1 and raised £34. Full marks to the band, standard bearers, performers and cadets for holding it all together on such a scorching day.
Martlesham Fete on 14 July raised an excellent £122.90. Many thanks to the organisers for putting on such an entertaining, friendly and well supported event and it was lovely to meet several dogs who had been adopted from the MAC.
The following day saw the stall at a new event for us, Old Newton Village Fayre. We raised £55.60 which wasn’t bad considering how hot it was and that we were in competition with the tennis and some football competition final. Many thanks to Becky for her help on the day.
All the monies raised go directly to helping animals in our local area.
After years in the planning, Project Winston has started on site. The first works began on 29th May, after a quick photoshoot with staff, Trustees and volunteers from the Animal Centre and staff from the contractors, RG Carter. Jean Short (our Hon Chairman) and Paul Segger (General Works Manager, RG Carter) were wielding the spades, but Blue, a beautiful lurcher who is looking for his forever home, stole the show.
If you’d like more information on hosting a money-raising event or sponsoring the Project Winston build, please take a look at the Project Winston section here on our website or contact Kate Grimwood at firstname.lastname@example.org / 01449 614057.
Many thanks to Girlguiding Suffolk for inviting us to their Spring into Suffolk event on 22nd April at the wonderful Easton Farm Park. This was the first Girlguiding Suffolk members day for all sections and we think over 1000 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides – along with their Leaders – turned out for a glorious day of activities, music and song. We raised £180.80 towards our Project Winston building campaign.
Great news! Project Winston is due to start on site on 29th May, when the contractors, RG Carter, will set up the site for the first works to begin the following week. All being well, the whole project will be completed by 12 October 2018.
We have received £316,586 in donations and legacies towards the £420,000 total, and we’re aiming to fundraise £100,000 by holding collections at our events, running a “buy a brick” style sponsorship scheme and asking our supporters to organise fundraising events on our behalf.
If you’d like more information on hosting an event for us or sponsoring the Project Winston build, please contact Kate Grimwood at email@example.com or call 01449 614057.
The more money we raise externally, the more money is left in Branch funds for the future running of the Animal Centre and Welfare Clinic.