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Helping Animals in Need through Supermarket Collections

So far this year our brilliant Supermarket Collections Team have raised just under £1,200!

We are always in need of volunteers to help us with our collections – all we ask is 2 hours of your time.  We know that there are a lot of animal loves in East Suffolk and we hope some of you will be able to help us raise money for animals in need.

We have the following collections coming up, and would love your help:

Co-op at Woodbridge on 17th May, Co-op at Debenham on 31st May, Co-op at Rickinghall on 8th June, Tesco’s at Martlesham on 7th June, Co-op at Combs Ford (Stowmarket) on 28th June and Sainsburys at Warren Heath, Ipswich on 6th July…more to follow.

If you would like to help us or to find out more, please contact Kate on 01449 614057 or kate.Grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk


Fantastic Family Fun Day returns

Don’t miss all the fun and games at our fantastic Family Fun Day; taking place from 11:30am to 3:30pm on Sunday 26th May at our Martlesham Animal Centre.

There’ll be lots going on, with food stalls (including Vegan and gluten free), ice cream, inflatables, local charity stalls, arts and crafts, music, a dog agility course and a very special mystery guest.

Parking at Martlesham Community Centre, and entrance £1 minimum donation.

All proceeds go towards our animal welfare work at the Centre.

One Fun Day – new event at Earl Stonham

Come and join the us at a lively new event to raise money for the animals in our care. Taking place at Earl Stonham Village Hall (Forward Green, IP14 5HJ) on Sunday 16th June 2019, our One Fun Day includes a fun Dog Show, refreshments, raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and various other stalls.

Part of a series of RSPCA events happening nationwide on the same day, you can find out about the animal welfare and rehoming work we do and enjoy yourself at the same time!

Entrance is free, and the event opens at 11:30am. Dog show registration starts at 12 noon and judging from 1.00pm.

We are looking for volunteers to help on the day, and stallholders. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Mary Taylor at mary.taylor@rspca-ipswich.org.uk

To download a poster, click here.

Classes are:

1pm: Crossbreed with Character

1:15pm: Happiest Hound

1:30pm: Young at Heart (dogs 8 years +)

1:45pm: Second Chance (rescued dogs)

2pm: Fabulous Female

2:15pm: Marvellous Male

2:30pm: Kids & K9s (young handlers up to 16 years old)

2:45pm: Best in Show

Great Quiz Night result

And the results are in – our quiz night on Saturday raised a magnificent £795 for animals in our local area.

We had 15 teams in total, and the winners were U3A with an impressive 120 out of 130. Thank you all for coming.

A big thank you to Stephen, Mary, Ian and Jean for the catering, Gill for her sterling work as scorer, plus of course Geoffrey for writing the quiz and being Quizmaster on the night.

We would also like to thank Ray and Dawn who kindly donated the wine for the winning team and Dawn also for doing the raffle. Even more thanks to everyone who donated a raffle prize.


Student art project helps local animals

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.

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

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”.


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!


Happy Quizzers!

We had a great time at our Branch Quiz in Martlesham on 10th November.

83 players (17 teams) took part and the winning team “I Said That” scored an amazing 111 out of 130 – well done to them.

The baked potato supper went down well on a chilly wet evening and, most importantly of all, we raised £761 for the Branch.

Thank you to everyone who came along and helped make the event a success.

Keep an eye out for our Quiz dates for next year!

Autumn Fair / Shop Early for Christmas event

Start getting in the Christmas spirit with our fabulous Autumn Fair / Shop Early for Christmas event on Saturday 3rd November at Holbrook Village Hall, Holbrook (10am to 2pm). Entry is free.

In addition to our usual suspects – raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and new goods including Christmas cards, diaries and calendars, we have a great range of brilliant craft and food stalls. These include organic dog treats, Animals Asia raffle, delicious homemade jams and chutneys, and Christmas wares including elegant felted gifts and carved wooden items, glass ornaments and suncatchers, jewellery and fabric items (like bunting & aprons) and wooden reindeer. Plus hot and cold refreshments.

Help support our local animal welfare work as well as beginning the run-up to the festive season.

To download a poster, click here.