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Gogglebox stars open Cats Protection's first shop in Brighton

09 March 2017
Gogglebox stars open Cats Protection
Gogglebox stars Chris Steed and Stephen Webb joined in the fun to officially open Cats Protection’s first shop in Brighton.

The cat-loving duo, who appear on the hit Channel 4 TV show, cut an opening ribbon and met shoppers, volunteers and staff when they dropped in to the shop’s opening day on Wednesday 8 March.

The store, in Beaconsfield Road, will stock good quality second-hand clothes, toys, books and household items and all proceeds will go to help care for unwanted and abandoned cats.

Chris, whose much-loved pet cat Ginge died in 2015, said: “I have a friend who volunteers for Cats Protection so I know how valuable it is that people donate items, money or even their time to help out Cats Protection shops like Brighton. It’ll make a big difference to unwanted cats.”
 
Stephen added: “I’m helping out today in memory of Ginge. He was a lovely cat and I’m doing this for him and all the other cats out there that still need Cats Protection’s help.”
 
Fans of the Gogglebox pair can now enter a competition on Cats Protection’s Facebook page to win one of two fleece jumpers signed by the pair on the shop’s opening day.

To be in with a chance of winning, visit facebook.com/catsprotection or email competitions@cats.org.uk with the answer to this question: What dogs can often be seen on the sofa with Chris and Steve during their Gogglebox? Entries close on Friday 10th March at noon, following which two winners will be drawn from the pool of correct answers.

Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping around 500 cats a day – or around 200,000 a year – through a national network of 32 centres and over 250 voluntary-run branches.

Lana Beumer, Manager of the new Brighton shop, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Chris and Stephen and all our new friends and supporters in Brighton who made our opening day such a success. We're really looking forward to meeting local people and anyone who would like to become a volunteer at the shop is more than welcome to pop in to find out more."
 
The new shop, at 70a Beaconsfield Road, will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm and on Sundays from 10am until 4pm. Donations should be delivered during shop opening hours. For more information or to check the items which can be accepted, please call 01273 565675.

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For more information or a photo of Chris and Stephen at the opening event, please contact Michaela at Adastra Media by email at michaela@adastramedia.co.uk or call 07740 305918.

Notes to Editors
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1.     Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps 500 cats a day – or around 200,000 cats each year - through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 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 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 www.cats.org.uk