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18th June 2019

Two volunteers are celebrating a combined total of over 45 years volunteering for Cats Protection’s Isle of Wight Adoption Centre.

Cat lovers Rosemary Stephenson and Lynne Young were presented with commemorative cat statues to celebrate dedication to the charity at an afternoon tea held at the centre on Marlborough Road.Two volunteers celebrating 45 years of dedication

Lynne received an exclusive Murphy Award for dedicating over 30 years to helping local cats and kittens and Rosemary received a bronze duo of kittens, celebrating 15 years of volunteering.

“A Murphy Award is a life-size cat statue presented to volunteers who have dedicated over 25 years to Cats Protection or who have made an exceptional contribution to the charity,” said Mel Read, the centre’s manager.

“I have been astounded by the contribution Rosemary and Lynne have given to Isle of Wight Adoption Centre. Without them, the help that thousands of cats across the area have received would not have been possible. We hope the statues serve as a permanent reminder of our gratitude.”

Lynne said: “I most enjoy spending time with the cats and getting to know their unique personalities. Being able to help so many felines over the years has been so rewarding. I’ve made life-long friends and would urge anyone who loves animals and wants to do some good, to come and see us.”

The afternoon was arranged with help from Volunteer Team Leader Emma Duffield, whose role unites volunteers across the area, and is being supported this year by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Emma directly on or by calling the centre on 03000 120 251.

More information about Cats Protection’s Isle of Wight Adoption Centre and cats looking for homes can be found on the centre’s website:

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About Cats Protection

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

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