When deciding on the local charities that we would support, Raystede was a firm favourite for the team, with many of us having either visited their centre and even some of us adopting our much-loved family pets from them.

This wonderful charity was set up 70 years ago by Miss M Raymonde-Hawkins at her cottage, now they have a site covering over 43 acres, and being one of the most diverse rescue centres in the UK. They care for and rehoming a wide range of animals including dogs, cats, small animals, exotic birds, fowl, and tortoises as well as larger animals like horses, goats, and alpacas.

In addition to their incredible centre, they also pledge to make the future better for animals through their education programmes and activities.

Their team regularly visit a variety of different locations and attend local events where they offer free, practical advice on how to care for animals. They also have a range of learning opportunities for schools and community groups, family learning days, tours and talks, there is something for everyone to get involved with.

If you would like to find out more about the work this charity does or to find out how you can get involved, check out their website: https://www.raystede.org/

Alternatively, if you would like to see first-hand what goes on at Raystede and have the opportunity to meet the animals, in the place many of the call home, they welcome visitors to their centre, all you have to do is book online to receive free entry. This really is a lovely day out for the whole family including your four-legged family members with their dog friendly walks and café too.

When our Branch Partner, Phil Hall visited the site he was so impressed at the size of the site and how well run it is. Phil said “There is so much that goes on behind the scenes to keep the centre running well and their team do an outstanding job. Not only are the rehoming and caring for animals, but they also offer a respite service, whereby if people become unable to care for their pet, Raystede will take them in until the owner is able to take them back, this means that people going through difficult times don’t have to give up their beloved animals.”

We are sure you agree this is such a worthy cause that we are feel honoured to support.