Tag - Fundraising

Christmas events raise over £2,000

Our quartet of Christmas events raised a magnificent £2006.20 for animals in our care. Many thanks to everyone who supported them, including those who helped on the day and those who provided prizes and lovely cakes.

Our stall at the Bury Christmas lights on 18 November raised an excellent £98.29, with many thanks to Petra, Jane and Ben, as well as Sue and Helen.

Our well-established Christmas Fair at Holbrook on 27 November raised a truly awesome £1320.64. Many thanks to our Hon President Sue Southgate and her team for handling the refreshments and to everyone else who helped.

The next day we took our Christmas items and new goods to the Stowmarket Christmas Fair where Red Gables Wellbeing hub kindly gave us a stall for free. Many thanks to Ian and Gill and Sue for standing in the freezing cold. We raised an impressive £158.05.

Our final Christmas event this year was our new fair at Stowupland Village Hall on Saturday (11 December). This was the first time we’d organised an event in the area and although it was quieter than we’d hoped, we still raised £429.22. Many thanks to Kathy, Maggie and her husband, Ursula and Beverley for their help.

Thanks to Rosemary who baked and sold cupcakes and other scrumptious items at both Holbrook and Stowupland, and donated the profits to our animals. And thanks also to Denice who has made and sold her delicious jams and chutneys on behalf of the Branch.

One final, huge thank you to Jean and Geoffrey who supported the events, baked and turned out to help.

It’s difficult to underestimate the importance of our volunteers. Without you all, these events, from Christmas Fairs to store collections, simply would not be possible. You make such a difference – Thank you.

We haven’t finalised our events for 2022, but if you think you might like to help out in some way, please contact Kate at kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk or on 07512 017016 or 01449 614057.

RSPCA Christmas Fair 2018: RSPCA goodies for sale

Our Lovely Christmas Fairs!

This year we are holding two Christmas Fairs and we hope you can join us!

Our long-standing Holbrook Christmas Fair is due to take place on Saturday 27 November, 10am – 2pm at Holbrook Village Hall. No soup this year but in addition to hot and cold refreshments, we’ll have RSPCA branded cards and gifts, raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and some lovely craft stalls, including handmade candles and soaps, bespoke pyrography art, and homemade baked goods.

Stowupland Village Hall on Saturday 11 December is the venue for our newest Christmas Fair. Open from 11am – 3pm, the Fair will have refreshments, cakes and pastries, handmade wreaths, doggy treats and gifts, jewellery and cards. We’ll also have a tombola and raffle.

Entry to both our fairs is free and both venues have parking.

Open Day cancelled

Sadly, we’ve decided to cancel our Open Day & Fun Dog show, due to take place at our Martlesham Animal Centre on 5 Sept.

Although the restrictions are being lifted, Covid-19 is still a very real and potent danger, and we did not want to take the risk of bringing Covid into the Animal Centre after all the hard work that’s gone into keeping it out.

It will mean another financial loss, as the Open Day is one of the most popular events in our calendar, but we felt the risk was just too great.

If you could make a donation to help our animals through this difficult year, we would be incredibly grateful. Our Virgin Money Giving Page is here.

Josh is training hard for his Half Marathon!

Support Josh Crewe, who is running a half marathon on 26 September 2021 to raise £1,000 to help animals in our care. The pandemic restrictions have hit our fundraising events very badly, so many thanks to Josh for helping us raise money and awareness for our animals.

Josh is still working hard to prepare for his half Marathon in aid of our branch, and although the Great East Run may be cancelled, Josh is still determined to complete the planned route on the scheduled day and has been training most mornings to get himself ready for the gruelling 13-mile tour of Ipswich! With under 3 months to go, Josh has so far raised 72% of his £1,000 target.

To support Josh during his half-marathon, and donate to our cause head over to the Just Giving page below. Every donation big or small really does help In caring for our animals at our re-homing centre, and enabling us to run our vital welfare clinic in Ipswich.


Virtual Home Pet Show launches today!

Welcome to the RSPCA Home Pet Show, our all-animal virtual pet show designed to showcase our animal friends and our special bond with them.

The show is being hosted by RSPCA HQ, and the local Branch heats will run from Monday 17 May to Monday 14 June. Just choose our Branch when you enter and 100% of your money will come directly to us, to help fund our animal welfare work and support the animals in our care.

There are six classes, plus an art category, and it is £2.50 per entry. To enter, simply visit www.rspca.org.uk/onefunday

The classes have been designed to celebrate your pet’s natural behaviours, and your special bond with them. Our pet show doesn’t focus on looks – we want to hear the stories behind the images, the personalities of the animals and the special bond between pet and owner.

12 finalists from across the RSPCA Branch network will be invited to take part in the Live Zoom Final on 19 June, hosted by RSPCA CEO Chris Sherwood and our wonderful celebrity ambassador Sophie Craig.

Please also take the time to share your entry on your own social networks to let people know about your amazing pet and help us to spread the word.

Class List

  • Best Rescue: The embodiment of why we #adoptdontshop. We want to hear all about what you can achieve together with patience, love and determination
  • Best Trick: A video or link to the trick you both most enjoy to perform together
  • Best Lockdown Buddies: Celebrating the special bond between animals and their human friends, or each other
  • Golden Oldie: Your much loved, mature animal friend in their autumn years
  • Best baby: Here’s looking at you, kid. Your best, bonnie baby
  • Peas in a Pod: Pets that look like their owners
  • Animal Artwork: Doodles of your doggy or pictures of your python? Unleash your inner artist for our animal-inspired art show. Ages 0-10, 11-16 and 16+


Valentine’s Photo Competition

Just feline the love?

Join our Valentine’s Day pet photo competition!

Be they furry or feathery, young or old, celebrate the pawsome love in your life with our new pet photo competition.

Open to all pets

Simply send us your photos for the classes below and donate £2 per entry per class

  • Young love – the cutest babies
  • Best Friends Forever – the special love between animals and their human friends
  • Perfect couple – a pair of beautiful pets
  • Hey, good lookin’ – just gorgeous
  • Senior moments – older but still got that lovin’ feeling

Closing date for entries: midnight on Sunday 14 February 2021

Prizes for each category winner. Winning photos will be put on our website, Facebook or in our Branch newsletter.

If you would be willing to display a poster for us, please download it here.

All monies raised will help support our vital animal welfare work.

We’ve been truly touched by the offers of support we’ve received in these difficult times, to help us make sure our animals remain safe and well. This competition is just the latest way we are trying to raise money for our animals – if you would like to enter, it will make a difference – thank you.

Valentine’s Photo Competition now closed

Our Valentine’s Photo Competition has now closed. Many thanks to all the people who entered, many of whom donated much more than the £2 entry fee.

Our category judges will be hard at work – and given how gorgeous all the entries are, their task will not be an easy one.

We will notify the winners before the end of February and all the winning entries will be on our website and Facebook about the same time.

Kind sponsors donate over £200-worth of prizes

From quality food and bird feeding hampers, to pet portraits and photo sessions, kind sponsors have donated over £200-worth of prizes for our Valentine’s photo competition.

Many thanks to:

Bushfire Portraits

Su-Bridge Pet Supplies

Charnwood Milling

Naturediet Pet Foods Ltd

Art by Danielle

And a huge thank you to Ian, who has telephoned a host of local companies to persuade them to support us.

All monies raised will go directly to the animals in our care.

Enter here to celebrate the furry, feathery, or scaly love of your life.

RSPCA Christmas Fair 2018: felt reindeers - so cute

Christmas Fair cancelled

It’s with deep regret that we’ve taken the decision to cancel our Christmas Fair at Holbrook (21st November). We also cancelled our Quiz night, due to have been on the 24 October. Losing the two events will make a big dent in our income, as they are very well attended and raised almost £1,000 each last year, but the continuing dangers of the pandemic leave us no option.

We are trying to make up some income with online events, so please keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more fundraising activities.

Hopefully we will be able to resume our face-to-face events next year, but in the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to help us look after the animals in our care, we would be very grateful.

Our Virgin Money Giving page is here or, if you’d like to send a cheque, please make it payable to RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich and send it to RSPCA Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, IP12 4PD.

Any amount you can give will make a difference – thank you.

September Open Day cancelled

We have decided to cancel our annual Open Day and Fun Dog Show, scheduled for 6 September. Despite lockdown measures being eased, we can’t see a way to hold the event safely.

It’s a huge disappointment – particularly to the Animal Centre staff and volunteers who love to see dogs they’ve rehomed happy and well in their new lives – and a big loss of income. However, our priority is the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

We’re still hoping to have other events, such as our Quiz and Christmas Fair, later in the year, but in the interim, if you would like to make a financial donation, that would be the best way to help us right now. We continue to have our day to day running costs and anticipate increased need for our services in the coming months.

You can donate via our Virgin Money Giving page. If you’d like to offer us long-term financial help, we have our Safe Haven animal pen sponsorship.

Any amount you can give will make a difference – thank you.