Blue Cross campaign grows

Pledges of support for Felixstowe's much-loved Blue Cross animal centre are today flooding in.

FELIXSTOWE: Pledges of support for Felixstowe's much-loved Blue Cross animal centre are today flooding in.

The Evening Star's campaign to save the precious rescue shelter from closure has touched the hearts of people all over the area - with reactions veering from sorrow to anger.

Messages left on the newspaper's website show opposition is growing steadily day by day, putting increasing pressure on the charity's chiefs to withdraw their proposals to close the animal welfare and adoption centre in Walton High Street.

As well as signing the petition coupon, many people are also writing letters directly to Blue Cross chief executive Kim Hamilton at the charity's headquarters in Oxfordshire.

They will be challenging the charity to detail its research which led it to the decision to close the centre - and to react to the public outcry.

Star reader Rich Lock said: “The fact of the matter is that the Felixstowe centre is always full, always busy and constantly re-homing animals on a day to day basis, but the Blue Cross say the centre is not fit for purpose. Well, if it isn't fit, then why is it so full all the time?

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“The simple fact is the centre has a constant incoming and outgoing of animals, serving its purpose exactly.

“I can't see how the charity's head office cannot see this.

“If the centre was empty or not re-homing any animals they maybe would have a point, but in the case of the Felixstowe centre they simply do not!”

The charity has promised to listen and take into account all views sent to it over the next few weeks before it makes a final decision.

Send us your messages of support for the Save the Blue Cross campaign - write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.