Charities fair at Stonham Barns

SUFFOLK Owl Sanctuary is hosting its first ever charities fair – inviting charitable groups to set up free stands to meet the visiting public.

Representatives of various groups will chat to visitors about the work they do, their current projects and their future goals at the event on May 19 and 20.

Charities already signed up for the fair include the Suffolk Animal Rescue, Homestart, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lighthouse Womens Aid, Ipswich Macaw Rescue and Kamas Cave Dog Rescue.

While at the sanctuary, visitors will be entertained by three exciting flying displays featuring a selection of the birds of prey and there will be two meerkat feeding sessions on both days.

Children can enjoy the SOS Safari Trail with a free gift on completion – and a mini maze and play area.

Events organiser Catherine Irving said: “All charities are having an increase in their workload but are struggling to increase their finances and their resources.

“As a registered charity ourselves we thought it would be nice to extend an invitation to other charities so our visitors can have a chat about their past and present successes and what they are planning to do in the future.

“It will be of great benefit to the charities and hopefully gain them some support and one or two new volunteers.”

If you would like to book a stall for your charity free of charge or for more details phone 0845 680 7897 or email catherine@owlbarn.co.uk