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Raising Money for Local Animals in Need

Fundraising events are a vital part of our efforts to raise the £1,000 per day it takes to pay for our work with local animals in need. If you would like to help with fundraising in any way, from donating a raffle or tombola prize or helping run a stall at an event, to organising an event or joining the fundraising committee, please contact Kate on 01449 614057 or kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk

Open Day & Fun Dog Show!

Date: September 1, 2019

Time: 11.30am to 3.30pm

Open Day & Fun Dog Show!
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This fun and popular event is back!

Our annual open day returns, with traditional stalls, including raffle, tombola, RSPCA branded goods and bric-a-brac. Our tasty BBQ will be there, alongside the ever-popular tea tent, with delicious cakes and savouries. Stalls already booked include animal themed cards, jewellery and novelties, gourmet dog treats, carved wooden decorations, children’s pocket money items and glitter tattoos.

Dog Show registration is from 12 noon with judging from 1pm.

1pm: Crossbreed with Character

1:15pm: Happiest Hound

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

1:45pm: Second Chance (any rescue dog)

2pm: Fabulous Female

2:15pm: Marvellous Male

2:30pm: Kids & K9s (young handlers up to 14 years old)

2:45pm: Best in Show

We hope you can join us.

To download a poster, please click here.

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RSPCA Autumn Quiz Night

Date: October 26, 2019

Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm Start -(ends at appx. 10.30pm)

Location: St. Michael's Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3PL

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Hope you can join us?

More details to follow….

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Christmas Fair

Date: November 9, 2019

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: Holbrook Village Hall, The Street, Holbrook, IP9 2PZ

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We cant think about Christmas quite yet but please save the date!

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July 2019

Helping Animals in Need through Supermarket Collections August to December

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We are always in need of volunteers to help us with our collections – all we ask is 2 hours of your time and friendly dogs are very welcome!  We know that there are a lot of animal loves in 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 where we need your help:

  • Co-op at Felixstowe on 17th August
  • Tesco at Stowmarket on 23rd August
  • Co-op at Capel St. Mary on 30th August
  • Co-op at Leiston on 27th September
  • Co-op at Holbrook on 25th October
  • Co-op at Eye on 29th November
  • Tesco at Stowmarket on 7th December
  • Co-Op at Wickham Market on 20th December

If you would like to help us or to find out more, please contact:

  • Ian on 01449 767747 (after 6pm) or ian.hendry@rspca-ipswich.org.uk for the Co-Op collections
  • Kate on 01449 614057 or kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk for the Tesco collections

 

 

 

 

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Open Day & Fun Dog show returns

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After being rained off last year, our annual open day and fun dog show returns to the Martlesham Animal Centre on Sunday 1st September (fingers crossed!)

Our traditional stalls, including raffle, tombola, RSPCA branded goods and bric-a-brac, will be there, along with a tasty BBQ and the ever-popular tea tent, with delicious cakes and savouries. Stalls already booked include animal themed cards, jewellery and novelties, gourmet dog treats, carved wooden decorations, children’s pocket money toys and glitter tattoos.

This is one of our main fundraising events, so please do come along and help us raise the money we need to go on helping animals in the local area.

The event opens at 11:30am. Dog Show registration is from 12 noon with judging from 1pm.

If you would like to download a poster, please click here.

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Rain didn’t stop play – new event raises over £350 for animals

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Despite the weather – and Fathers’ Day – being against us, our first ever One Fun Day still managed to raise £377.78

Held in Earl Stonham Village Hall and on the local cricket pitch, our One Fun Day was part of a series of RSPCA events happening nationwide on the same day to raise awareness of our work and money for local animals in need.

Thank you to everyone who helped.

To Jean, Kathy and Lynn for running the refreshment and Jean, Kathy, Sue and Denice for their baking and other lovely eatables, and Stephen for his soup.

The Dog Show was ably judged by Geoffrey and Carrie – the Society’s Interim Field Ops Director – and well supported by Daniel and Melayna running the registration stall. Skinner’s Pet Food at Stradbrooke kindly donated dog food vouchers to first, second and third prize winners as well as to Best in Show.

John, Yvonne, Kate, Caroline and Julie and Jill braved the intermittent rain and constant, frolicksome wind, to run outdoor stalls, including one showing the quality items available from our Stowmarket shop, and John and Yvonne’s ever-popular books, DVDs and jigsaws stall.

One key element was getting everything, from gazebos to bunting, from Martlesham to the lovely Village Hall at Earl Stonham. Huge thanks to Daniel, Melayna, Caroline and Stephen for logistics and transportation.

Also thanks to Ren & her partner for help on the day and the HQ Campaigns stall – which looked fabulous – and Zoe and Neil for helping unpack at the MAC afterwards.

More thanks go to the non-RSPCA stallholders who brought a great range of goods, and themselves made kind donations to us on the day.

It was also the first outing of our new, commercial strength, gazebo, which was immovable in the wind and proved itself – to the heart-felt relief of all of us – 100% rainproof!

This was a lovely event, in an area of the Branch where we’ve no track record of activities, so we hope this will be the first in a long line of successful events that raise lots of money for animals in need.

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June 2019

Izzy and Elena’s Animal Day Out!

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Izzy and Elena contacted us after they’d raised an amazing £60.00 for our animals by making and selling all kinds of wonderful arts and crafts at their school.

We thought what better way to thank them than to show them where the money they’ve raised will be spent (and who it will be spent on!).

Izzy and Elena especially loved meeting Sonny the Rabbit, and our very active litter of kittens, as well as getting to see a brand-new addition brought in to us during their visit… a tiny baby ferret!

If your school would like to get involved in a fundraising activity for our cause, please drop us an email for some great ideas!

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May 2019

Family Fun Day raises over £3,000!

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We’ve counted up and are over the moon to announce we’ve raised an incredible £3,084.33

Thank you to everyone who attended our Family Fun Day on Sunday! We were slightly worried this year due to the extensive building work on site and restricted access making our field not totally ideal for such a big event, but we had nothing to worry about!

Thank you very much to our stall holders, volunteers and lovely supporters. You’ve helped us fundraise a significant amount of money which will go a long way in providing the best possible care for our animals.

We can’t wait for next year and to make it even bigger and even better.

Our next event is the new One Fun Day (with fun dog show) at Earl Stonham Village Hall on Sunday 16 June.

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March 2019

Great Quiz Night result

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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.

 

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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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