Hadleigh animal sanctuary renews appeal to find new site following eviction
The owner of an animal sanctuary and rescue centre has been left in dire straits after the charity was left homeless.
Jann Turner, founder of French’s Care Haven in Hadleigh, has looked after sick and abandoned animals since setting up the sanctuary in Pond Hall Road 11 years ago.
The centre has been forced to leave its home of more than a decade after the land was sold to new owners, who have plans to turn it into a caravan and holiday site.
The charity’s animals, which includes 14 horses and ponies, plus four donkeys, have been relocated to temporary sites, while Ms Turner continues her desperate search for a new base.
She explained that the situation was not ideal, but has taken comfort in knowing that most of the animals have remained together.
“We had to take up what was on offer,”said Ms Turner. “The horses haven’t had to be split up.”
Despite the upheaval , Ms Turner is remaining positive and is determined to secure a new site.
“We are not giving up,” she said. “It’s been hard work to move everything; there’s 11-and-a-half years of equipment, and it’s taken seven loads from the removal vans, but they have been brilliant.”
Ms Turner praised the support of volunteers at Community Action Suffolk – a social enterprise which provides volunteering opportunities for its members.
A group of unemployed young people are among those who have gained valuable experience at the sanctuary.
“They have been really great,” said Ms Turner. “They have stuck with us because they see the benefits it gives the young people.”
Anyone who can help the rescue centre secure a new site can call Ms Turner on 07747 755556.
To make a donation to its fundraising appeal, go online to https://uk.gofundme.com/relocation-for-charity.