Gee Gee’s Ranch and Rescue of Sicklesmere, near Bury St Edmunds, receives £20,000 National Lottery grant
An animal rescue, therapy and education organisation near Bury St Edmunds has received nearly £20,000 from the National Lottery.
Gee Gee’s Ranch and Rescue, of Sicklesmere, made a successful grant bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, receiving £19,988.
The money will enable the community interest company to staff therapy sessions, pay for toilet hire, more equipment for students and volunteers to use in sessions, a shed to double up as a classroom/dry space and allow all other income to pay for animal care.
Some of the grant funding will go towards more fencing on site.
Laura Graham, who with her husband Rob has self-funded Gee Gee’s since its launch in October 2020, said: “This has been the most wonderful start to the year for us.
“Up until this point we have been completely self-funded and my husband and I have been working super hard for the last three years to make ends meet.”
She said that, essentially, the funding would enable her to be at the ranch full-time.
“This grant means so much to us as we can now move forward with our vision for Gee Gee’s and all we want to achieve with it, while continuing to support all ages within our local community,” added Laura.
The ranch already offers education sessions for youngsters not in schools, while Laura has an ambitious vision to further develop the programme.
Meanwhile, a family fund-raiser for the ranch is at New Bury Community Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, on February 23, 2-4pm, £5 per child (adults and under twos free) – book tickets at http://tinyurl.com/u3mmp5we
The event includes a disco, hook a duck, tombola, face painting, prizes for the best-dressed superhero and princess and special guests from A Fairytale Fantasia.