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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.

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than 400 cats and dogs in need every year, has been based in Felixstowe since the 1950s but its current premises are outdated and now too small.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

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