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12th April 2019

Cat lover Kevin Barry is raising funds for Cats Protection’s Bredhurst Adoption Centre by running Virgin Money’s London Marathon on Sunday 28 April.

Kevin, aged 52, from Harvel, Kent, will be running a total of just over 26 miles and hopes that people will support him by giving generously to beat his £2,000 target.

Cats lover and marathon runner Kevin Barry

He said: “Many people thought I would have run for a cancer charity, as I had bowel cancer 10 years ago, but following two major operations and a long course of chemo I was given the 'all clear' five years ago.”

“I decided to run for Cats Protection because it’s a charity that’s very close to my heart. As a cat lover, and owner, I hope the money raised will help even more cats and kittens.”

In preparation, Kevin has been running up to seven miles every Tuesday and Thursday, 16 miles or more on a Saturday and even took part in a half marathon just a few weeks ago.

Adrian Ferne, Manager at Cats Protection’s Bredhurst Adoption Centre, said: “We are so grateful for the support and hard work put in by Kevin, both in his training and on the day of the marathon itself. His efforts will make such a difference to local cats and kittens in the local area. We wish Kevin every success in his challenge and will be cheering him on every step of the way.”

Money raised by Kevin will enable Cats Protection’s Bredhurst Adoption Centre to help even more cats and kitten in the local area. On average, it costs the charity £180 per cat while in care and a donation of just £2 would cover the costs of caring for a cat for one day.

Anyone wishing to support Kevin’s fundraising efforts should visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-barry4

Anyone interested in taking part in an event for Cats Protection can click here, email events@cats.org.uk or call 01825 741 960.

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

Notes to editors

  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 200,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches, 110 shops and 36 centres.
  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.
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