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28th May 2019

A 64-year-old volunteer is running his first ever 10km road race to raise money for Cats Protection’s Honiton Branch.

Bob Carter - charity marathon runnerA 64-year-old volunteer is running his first ever 10km road race to raise money for Cats Protection’s Honiton Branch.

Branch co-ordinator Bob Carter - who is taking part in the Martock 10km race on Sunday 16 June - had never run before he joined a gym 18 months ago.

“I wanted to get a bit fitter and my fitness trainer, Amanda Gowler from Leisure East Devon, suggested I might like to give running a go,” said Bob.

“So in September I ran Seaton Parkrun for the first time – this was my first 5km run. I quite enjoyed it and have done a few of these now – and also volunteered at these events as a marshal!

“The idea then came to me that I could do a sponsored run for Cats Protection’s Honiton Branch as we desperately need to raise more funds.

“5km didn’t seem enough of a challenge, so I decided to try a 10km race – which will be the first time I’ve run this distance in my life!”

Sponsorship money will help the branch open a new ‘hub’ which will replace the shop and office which closed in January 2019.

Bob added: “We want to open a new branch hub so members of the public can visit us and access services like cat neutering, rehoming and cat care information – and it would provide our volunteers with a place to meet.

“It will help the success of the branch continue and allow us to help many more cats in need in coming years.”

Bob is on a strict training schedule to build up from running 5km to 10km, with a mix of longer and shorter runs between now and the big day.

If you would like to sponsor him, you can donate via his JustGiving page:


For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Notes to editors

  1. Cats Protection’s Honiton Branch is part of a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 centres that help around 200,000 cats and kittens each year.
  2. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity.
  4. More information about the work of the Honiton Branch can be found at:
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