Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Felixstowe: Land bought for town’s Blue Cross animal centre

12:36 17 July 2014

Blue Cross centre manager Andrew Gillon at the entrance of the site at Wherstead where the charity has been granted consent to build a new animal rehoming and rescue centre.

Blue Cross centre manager Andrew Gillon at the entrance of the site at Wherstead where the charity has been granted consent to build a new animal rehoming and rescue centre.

Archant

An animal charity’s bid to build a new £3million state-of-the-art rehoming centre for homeless pets has taken a big step forward after it successfully bought the site needed for the project.

The Blue Cross is to relocate from Walton High Street, Felixstowe, to Clock Fields, opposite the Suffolk Ski Centre at Bourne Hill, Wherstead, on the outskirts of Ipswich.

News of the completed land purchase signals the start of a major Suffolk fundraising appeal for the charity, which receives no government funding and is totally reliant on public donations.

Andrew Gillon, centre manager at Blue Cross Suffolk, said: “This is a very exciting time for Blue Cross and something we’ve been waiting a very long time for.

“Buying the land was the next piece of the puzzle.

“We now need to raise much-needed funds to build our new rehoming centre, and would love to hear from any local residents or businesses who would like to help.

“We’ve already got the help of our phenomenal volunteer fundraising group who have already raised over £125,000.”

The centre, which helps more than 400 cats and dogs in need every year, has been based in Felixstowe since the 1950s but its current premises are outdated and now too small.

The new rehoming centre will be able to cater for double the number of pets, with puppy and kitten units, on-site veterinary facilities, a maternity unit, on-site clinical suite for operations, and dedicated dog exercise areas, including 20 acres of neighbouring woodland.

Mr Gillon said: “Our new centre will be purpose-built from scratch, meaning we’ll be able to create brand new, modern facilities for the area’s most needy pets.

The Blue Cross hopes the new centre will open next summer.

To donate towards the new rehoming centre, or to find out more about the project, visit their website.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A 25-year-old woman missing from Felixstowe has been found.

Investigations are under way after a man died at a go-karting race circuit.

Over recent weeks we have visited schools around Ipswich capturing children enjoying their first days of school.

A drug addict has had two allegations of theft dropped against him after the prosecution went over the deadline to bring charges.

A 23-year-old man has been charged after two police officers were taken to hospital for treatment following alleged assaults when they responded to reports of a domestic incident in Stowmarket.

Around 2,000 potentially dangerous manicure products have been intercepted at the Port of Felixstowe.

World-renowned architects are in the shortlist to design the Upper Orwell Crossing in Ipswich, it has been revealed.

For 10 weeks this summer they were part of the furniture in Ipswich town centre, greeting commuters as they arrived at the station, making shoppers smile as they walked around town and bringing out the inner child in us all.

An accounts worker who stole thousands of pounds from an Ipswich building company over two years has been warned she could be given an immediate prison sentence.

Sponsored laps of the playground saw pupils at St Pancras Primary in Ipswich raise more than £2,300 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24