To all quizzers out there – get this date in your diary!

We had a fantastic night at our Spring Quiz Night in April and raised over £1,000.  We hope we can repeat this success at our Autumn Fun Quiz Night on Saturday 19 October 2024.

Tickets will be £10 per person which will include a jacket potato supper. Teams of us to 6 people.

Booking arrangements to be confirmed nearer the time but please do pencil it in your diary for now.

It’s not long now until our Family Fun Day on 26th of May and we can’t wait to welcome you back for a day filled with fun and family favourites!

Here’s some of the things you can look forward to:

Why not bring along a picnic blanket and get settled to enjoy the day?

Just £1 minimum donation per person on the gate.

Please spread the word far and wide so we can raise as much money as possible for animals in need!

Many thanks to all who supported our spring quiz on Saturday 27 April. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and together we raised a “grand” total of £1,012 for the animals in our Branch area.

The winners on the night were the Rebels, in a close run competition that saw the top five teams all within five points of each other! Congratulations, too, to the Happi Days team who brought up the rear.

Many thanks to Geoffrey for writing and hosting the quiz, to Kate for promoting and booking in the teams, to Dawn for doing the raffle and Ray for donating the bottles of wine for the winners. The kitchen team of Stephen, Susanne, Diane, Jan and Mary, cooked and served almost 100 piping hot baked potatoes, and many thanks to them too. The hall hire fee was donated by a regular supporter.

The raffle on the night raised £260 (included in the total above), and we very much appreciate everyone who donated a prize, including East of England Co-operative Society whose gift voucher bought three prizes.

Watch the website for details of more quizzes and events this year, and if you would like to help out, please contact Jane on 07592 517836 or via volunteering@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk Without the hard work and enthusiasm of our volunteers, we would not be able to help the number of animals and families with pets that we do. Please consider joining our volunteer team, no matter how many or few hours you feel you can give, especially in 2024, our 200th anniversary year.

Lady working in RSPCA Charity shop, wearing RSPCA branded tshirt and similing at camera. Behind her are rails of donated clothes on hangers, shelves with books and other goods.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work with our dedicated and hardworking team at our Stowmarket Charity Shop on a Saturday.

Our Stowmarket Shop is friendly and welcoming with an extensive range of goods – something for everybody!

As a volunteer, you would help serve customers, sort stock, and even help make window displays; if that is something you would enjoy. But the role is so much more than that.

Our shops are a local hub of activity, and you’ll be helping RSPCA Suffolk Central raise vital funds to help animals in need in Suffolk.

It would be helpful if you have worked in retail or have previous customer service but not essential, as we are looking for people who love animals, are passionate about making a difference in their community, and want to contribute their time and skills.   It’s an exciting opportunity to join our already existing team of loyal volunteers.

Together, we can create positive change for animals in need in Suffolk.

 

*We ask that you make a regular commitment to your shift*

Get out your diary – whether it be paper or electronic and make a note of the dates for our upcoming events – which promise to be lots of fun!

More information about all of the events will feature on the Events Page of this website.

Chilli the pug came to us through no fault of her own.

She is a very sweet and excitable little girl, who is so full of beans. She enjoys being in the company of her favourite people and loves a quick game of fetch with her favourite stuffed toys.

Chilli will need an operation once she is settled in her new home for bilateral luxating patella, and potential BOAS surgery. Currently these conditions mean Chilli is unable to walk for long and she struggles with her breathing, which can be distressing for her and her new owners.

If you are able to donate any amount to help us cover the costs of the veterinary bill which will be at least £3,000*, we would be very grateful. You can donate via Just Giving here.

Having this operation will means that Chilli will be able to begin to live a life free of health issues, with a wonderful new family – something she thoroughly deserves.

Thank you

*Any money raised in excess of what is needed will be used to cover other veterinary treatment that the animals in our care require.

Volunteer this year!

New year is a great time for starting something new, and what better activity to add to your schedule than a spot of volunteering?!

Over 170 people in Suffolk volunteer for RSPCA Suffolk Central, but we still need extra help and support.

If you could give some time this year, whether it is a regular commitment or a one-off gesture, we’d love to hear from you.

For a volunteer application form or to find out more about volunteer roles email volunteering@rspca-suffolkcentral.org.uk

Here are some of the roles we particularly need help with in 2024…

Volunteer Collectors

Collectors give just two hours on a Saturday once or twice a year to help collect donations at local supermarkets. We match you to your nearest store and pair you with another volunteer. We always tell you how much has been raised so you know exactly how much of a difference you make. It is an easy way to volunteer and help animals in Suffolk.

Collection Coordinator – West Suffolk

Are you good at organising? Do you know the Bury, Sudbury and Haverhill area well? Could you give a few hours each month to help coordinate store collections in West Suffolk? We are seeking someone with good administration and people skills to liaise with supermarkets and volunteers to organise store collections in West Suffolk. You will arrange rotas, coordinate the delivery of collection materials, and help count the proceeds, all from the comfort of your own home!

Event Volunteers – Set-Up

Can you put up a gazebo? Are you happy to lift and carry boxes and equipment? If so, we need you! Our events are great fun, but manning a stall is not for everyone. Some people are better suited to getting stuck into to the set up and breakdown of events, including putting up gazebos, moving tables, and erecting banners. Pick and choose the events you can help us at and give a couple of hours to help make the stand look amazing so we can raise lots of money!

Event Volunteers – Stand/Stall Holder

Do you enjoy talking to people? We need friendly, outgoing volunteers to welcome people to our event stands and help them participate in activities such as surveys, raffles, and competitions. You will be told about the latest projects the charity is working towards and be briefed on the animals in need of new homes, so that you can talk with confidence about how we are helping animals in Suffolk. You will also meet and spend time with other members of the events team including staff, volunteers, and trustees, meaning you will truly be a part of the RSPCA Suffolk Central family.

Coffee Shop Volunteers

We need friendly, efficient volunteers to help serve coffee and cakes, greet customers, and keep the area clean and tidy at our new coffee shop in Bury St Edmunds on the Bartons Retail Park. The coffee machine is easy to use with a push-button function, and all food comes pre-prepared, so no specialist skills are required. You will be spending time in a bright, welcoming environment and helping to generate funds for animals in need of rescue and rehoming. Great for work experience, broadening your skills, or giving some time back to a cause you love.

Volunteer Spotlight On Tracey Colchester Home Visitor (Pictured)           

“I have volunteered as a home visitor for many years. I visit people to check out the suitability of their dwelling, and visit afterwards to see how their new family member has settled in.

It has been a delight getting to meet so many people and animals, and in so many different places. I’ve visited mansions and small flats. But all these places look like home to me.

The common theme is that the people adopting animals are always of the same mindset. They always have amazing tales to tell of animals they have taken in in the past, or friends they have lost and seek to replace. Or just a desire to help a distressed or lonely creature.  Many share the joy of finding a new companion and friend.

I have met people who were delightfully eccentric, elderly people who were lonely, and children in need of a playmate. There have only been a few occasions where I have felt the place was unsuitable for this animal. Almost always I’ve been able to help unite people with their perfect pet.

It’s never a chore. I think the only problem is that I often want to take the animal home with me instead!”

Thank you to our supporters for raising FREE donations for RSPCA Suffolk Central so far in 2024 by shopping online via #easyfundraising.

The funds that have been raised do make a difference to us during these challenging times. If you are shopping the sales or planning any 2024 getaways, please remember to keep using easyfundraising so we don’t miss out.

If you’re not supporting us on easyfundraising yet, please sign up here:

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/rspcasuffolkcentral/https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/rspcasuffolkeastipswich

If your group or organisation is looking for an interesting animal welfare talk, then look no further. Gill is our lovely volunteer speaker who can give an engaging talk on animal welfare and the work the Branch does for animals in our local area. The talk can be tailored to adult or child groups, on a class basis that is age appropriate or a full school assembly. The talks are free of charge, but of course we are always open to donations or monies raised via fundraising.

If you would like to book a talk, please email Gill at: education@rspca-ipswich.org.uk or call 01473 623280.