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March 2019

Student art project helps local animals

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Year 7 students at Gorseland Primary School have been working hard to transform our very old, tired collection dogs into fun, colourful pieces! The students have done incredibly well, and their imagination and artistic talents can be seen in the main reception area of our animal rehoming centre in Martlesham.

The collection dogs we have around our centre help us to raise funds for our Branch so we can continue to help animals in need. Gorseland Primary School has supported this project and the students have put their all into creating the perfect attraction to help raise funds for animal in Ipswich and the surrounding area.

If you work with children and would like to get involved in similar projects, please contact our centre manager Zoe Barrett at martlesham@rspca-ipswich.org.uk to find out more.

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February 2019

Two Special New Children’s Stories for RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich!

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Helen Lakey, who has been volunteering at our Felixstowe Charity Shop for over 10 years, has also found the time to write two children’s books in aid of our branch called “Plop! The Boy who saved the World” and “The Trainees go West”.

https://news.rspca.org.uk/2019/02/04/a-whole-new-story-helping-the-rspca-suffolk-east-ipswich-branch/

Helen lives in Felixstowe and is passionate about the environment and animals.   Having grown up on a farm in Suffolk and helped run a number of shops, she has a lot of experience to draw upon when thinking up her stories.  Helen is keen for her two new books to not only raise money for the branch but to also raise awareness for the branch and its vital work too.

Helen enjoys helping at our shop with the managers Cathie and Jo and the rest of the wonderful volunteer team.   She is busy working on the sequel to Plop!

 

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January 2019

Animal Centre opening hours

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Although dog introductions are remaining by appointment only, the rest of the Centre is returning to our normal opening hours.

These are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11.30am to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday – CLOSED
  • Sunday (by appointment only for all animals) between 1.30pm and 3.30pm

We’ve decided to keep the appointment only system for dog introductions as this minimises stress to our dogs and limits disruption to their feeding, training and exercise routines.

Please call the Centre on 0300 999 7321 if you’d like to book an appointment or if you have any other questions.

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September 2018

Project Winston fundraising: paw plaques

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.

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