Cats Protection’s Downham Market Adoption Centre held a recognition event for the volunteers at the National Trust’s Peckover House, in Wisbech.
Led by the charity’s Director of Operations, Mark Beazley and Adoption Centre Manager, Lindsay Tempest, 19 STARS badges were awarded to volunteers who have dedicated either one, five or 10 years to the charity.
STARS badges thank, celebrate and recognise volunteer groups and individual volunteers for their contribution to helping cats.
Since 1 January this year, 3,300 hours have been devoted by the centre’s cat-loving volunteers.
Mark Beazley said: “I have been truly humbled by the contribution our volunteers have given to Downham Market Adoption Centre. Without them, the help that thousands of cats across the area have received would not have been possible. We hope the badges serve as a permanent reminder of our gratitude.”
Despite the rainy weather, the celebration was followed by a guided tour of the gardens and a talk about Peckover’s resident cats, both past and present.
Adoption Centre Manager, Lindsay Tempest, said: “In 2018, the Downham Market AC team helped nearly 1000 cats through rehoming, neutering and reunification. We simply would not be able to do this level of work, to the high standards we set, if it wasn’t for our dedicated and talented volunteers.
“They don’t always realise how much we appreciate their time and effort but recognition events like this give us the chance to formally say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ from us and the cats.”
The centre’s Volunteer Team Leader, Jenny Lambert, was also presented with an award for her help with leading the 77-strong group of volunteers to the highest level.
Jenny’s role unites volunteers across the area and this year, is being supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Jenny directly on Norfolk.email@example.com or by calling the centre on 01366 382311.
Lindsay added: “We would also like to thank players of People's Postcode Lottery whose support for both volunteering and rehoming enables us to nurture and celebrate our wonderful volunteers as well as ensure that every cat is found the best possible home."
More information about Cats Protection’s Downham Market Adoption Centre, along with cats currently looking for homes, can be found here: www.cats.org.uk/downhammarket/adopt-a-cat
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