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Felixstowe/Wherstead: Fundraising appeal launched as animal charity buys new HQ site

13:02 12 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.

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than 400 cats and dogs in need every year, has been based in Felixstowe since the 1950s but its current premises are outdated and now too small.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

“Plus, the location will make us much more accessible, meaning we’ll be able to find more loving homes for the dogs and cats that come into our care.”

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

To donate towards the new rehoming centre or to find out more about the project visit www.bluecross.org.uk/felixstowe, email fundraisingteam@bluecross.org.uk or call 0300 777 1897.

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4 comments

  • Ok To all the comments. So people of Felixstowe find somewhere in Felixstowe for the centre then. You have done fundraising etc. or did this slip your mind ?

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    mr angry

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Mr Gillon seems delighted with the new Blue Cross. You know it is a real smack in the eye for all the years we have had dealings with them. The people of Felixstowe who have volunteered for many years are now being got rid of.He says it will be easy accessible but unless you have transport it wont be. Get your head out from under the clouds.

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    Elise Moreton

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • The decision to move out of Felixstowe, though not helped by lack of potential sites, seems to have made no allowance for the thousands of pounds raised by local volunteers over the years in Felixstowe.

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    DALINE

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Nothing will convince me that the Blue Cross moving out of Felixstowe is a good idea, and the manager Mr Gillon saying they will be more accessible is a load of tosh unless you have a car. Many of the people who need to use the Blue Cross don't have their own transport and will find this move quite difficult for them. The Blue Cross, I believe was originally formed to help people on low incomes and this will do nothing for them. Mr Gillon has seemed determined to take this facility away from Felixstowe for quite a while, despite the support he has from Felixstowe over the years..

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    October girl

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

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