Ipswich/Felixstowe: Town stars help formally launch animal charity’s fundraising drive for new centre

Ipswich Town players Tommy smith and Luke Hyam with Oscar.

Ipswich Town players Tommy smith and Luke Hyam with Oscar. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Ipswich Town stars Luke Hyam and Tommy Smith have helped formally launch a Suffolk animal charity’s £3million appeal to build a new rescue centre in Wherstead.

Tommy Smith, Andy Gillon and Luke Hyam with Oscar and Lynne.

Tommy Smith, Andy Gillon and Luke Hyam with Oscar and Lynne. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Officials from the Blue Cross said they were thrilled to enlist the support of the Blues for the launch, which took place at Portman Road yesterday.

The new centre, which will be built while fundraising takes place, will replace the facility at Walton, Felixstowe and will enable the charity to help more than 800 homeless dogs and cats each year, twice as many as at the present base.

During the launch, defender Tommy Smith said: “You don’t like to see pets homeless and if you can raise awareness for the cause and find as many homes as possible, then we know we’ve made an impact.”

Former Northgate High School pupil and Town midfielder, Luke Hyam, added: “I am a dog lover as well and I have had pets in the past, so it is nice to help out.”

The new centre will also include dedicated puppy and kitten areas, on-site vet facilities and dedicated exercise areas, including 20 acres of woodland.

Andrew Gillon, Blue Cross centre manager, said: “It’s absolutely amazing to have a club this size helping out. To get their support is absolutely huge and we are unbelievably grateful.”

If you would like to help, or for more information, visit www.bluecross.org.uk or call 0300 7771480.

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