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Christmas fundraising event is a cracker!

01 December 2018
Christmas fundraising event is a cracker! Volunteers from Cats Protection Gateshead and Newcastle Branch are celebrating as Saturday’s Christmas fair raises over £1,000 for the charity.

Despite the miserable weather, dozens of local people turned out to support the event with sales and generous donations all contributing to its success.

A number of stalls with seasonal crafts, calendars and cat-themed gifts were available and tempting homemade cakes were served up with a warming drink.

Famous feline Mr Ginger - who was adopted from Cats Protection - even made an appearance to entertain supporters by offering strokes and selfie opportunities.

Now a Pets as Therapy cat, Mr Ginger visits local residential homes and hospitals to offer comfort and companionship to people in need but he took some time out to attend the fair.

Professional face painter Naomi Austin delighted children and adults alike with her ‘pawsome’ designs and donations for her work helped to boost the fundraising total.

Branch Coordinator, Jane Wilson, said: “It was wonderful to see so many local people enjoying the festive atmosphere of the fair and the chance to socialise with fellow cat lovers. 

“But the fair couldn’t take place without our volunteers who have worked tirelessly to plan the event, and of course our supporters who are always so generous at this time of year.”

Held at Wesley Memorial Church in Gateshead, the annual Christmas fair is one of the key fundraising activities for the Branch which is ran entirely by volunteers.

The profits of £1,012.98 will be invaluable in funding the work of the local charity as it continues to help hundreds of cats and kittens in need in the year ahead.