Gallery; Ipswich Town players visit Suffolk Punch Trust to name new foal Bluey

Town players Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse visited The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley on Thursday 2

Town players Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse visited The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley on Thursday 27 August and officially named the charity’s newest male foal as Bluey. The naming of the male foal comes as part of a new partnership between the Football Club and the Suffolk Punch charity. Ipswich Town will be working to support the work of the rare horse breed charity by offering assistance with fundraising and awareness campaigns. L-R Luke Chambers,Bluey,Cole Skuse,Rob Lambert and Alex Bailey. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Everybody, meet Bluey - the newest addition to the team at the Suffolk Punch Trust, officially named by Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers and player Cole Skuse yesterday.

The naming of the foal, born in May, marks the start of a new partnership between the Hollesley-based Suffolk Punch Trust and Ipswich Town Football Club, which throughout the season will help the charity with fundraising and awareness campaigns.

Following the visit, Cole Skuse said: “Community has always been at the heart of ITFC and I think that the Club badge shows this with the Suffolk Punch horse being a symbol of Suffolk. It’s nice to have that relationship and come to the Suffolk Punch Trust centre and put our name to their newest addition.”

Luke Chambers added: “It’s such a lovely place. Katie [Fenton, Suffolk Punch Trust chief executive] and her team do an unbelievable job and all the horses are clearly well looked after and behaved. We look forward to hearing about Bluey’s progress as he grows into what I am sure will be a very big and strong horse!”

The club will provide regular updates on Bluey’s progress via social media and in its match day programme. In addition, the final home game of the season, against MK Dons on April 30, will be dedicated to raising the profile of the Suffolk Punch Trust and collecting donations. Bluey himself is due to make his first appearance at the Portman Road ground at this match.

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Suffolk Punch Trust chief executive, Katie Fenton, said: “We are really excited to have such an interesting link with the football club. For us, it’s about promoting the Suffolk Punch breed. Ipswich Town has its logo based on a Suffolk Punch horse, and hopefully many of the fans who may not have known about the history of the logo might come out and see us.”

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