Flying high for charities day

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns held it's first charities fair. Simon Hodding with Bo a Harli Gold Macaw with Elizabeth (6) and Francesca (9) Bell
The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns held it's first charities fair. Simon Hodding with Bo a Harli Gold Macaw with Elizabeth (6) and Francesca (9) Bell
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A SHOWCASE for charities was staged at Stonham Owl Sanctuary on Saturday.

Visitors enjoyed seeing birds of prey and meercats at the sanctuary as well as getting the chance to learn about the work of different charities.

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns held it's first charities fair. Falconer Dean Winham with Nell a Saker Falcon

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns held it's first charities fair. Falconer Dean Winham with Nell a Saker Falcon

Among those represented were Home Start, Ipswich Macaw Rescue, Suffolk Animal Rescue, Catch 22 and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Catherine Irving, from the sanctuary, said: “Because we are a charity we thought it would be nice to extend an invitation to other charities to showcase their work and give people a chance to volunteer and find out more.

“It was successful for us and for the charities.

“It’s really important in the current economic situation where you have massive demand on charities and at the same time charities are seeing their resources dwindling.”

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns held it's first charities fair. Jane Roberts from Suffolk Animal Rescue Charity

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns held it's first charities fair. Jane Roberts from Suffolk Animal Rescue Charity

Visitors enjoyed three flying displays by the birds and two meerkat feeding sessions.

The next big event is a medieval encampment on the weekend of June 16 and 17 where dads can enjoy Fathers’ Day treats such as archery and trying on armour.