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Christmas ka-ching for cats

24 November 2019
Christmas ka-ching for cats

The local branch of Cats Protection held its Christmas Fayre in the heart of North Birmingham in November - and it was purrs all round for the generosity of supporters when the cash raised for cats was counted - well over a thousand pounds!

St Barnabas church in Erdington High Street was the venue, and the event was put together and manned by dozens of volunteers and friends of the feline cause. Says stalwart volunteer, Jenny of delicious jam and chutney-making fame: "We want to thank all those who came along and spent their Christmas money on jams, home-made cakes, cat goodies, or had a flutter on the tombola - every pound spent or donated helps us to help the cats of North Birmingham - and beyond."

Pictured are volunteers Lorraine and Senga (fluffy toys and tombola), Nicole and Jenny (jams and chutneys), and Elaine and Jan - off to wash the knives after all the delicious cakes were sold! Dozens of volunteers and supporters made the Christmas Fayre at St Barnabas a ka-chinging success.  

Karen, relief manager of the Cats Protection shop on the High Street, kindly took a no pay ‘volunteer’ day to woman a stall selling new cat-related goodies and raised around £200. Kitten calendars proved popular with the public as always. Coordinator Jane Holt donned a cat suit and braved the wintry weather of the High Street to lure in mums, dads, children and everyone to enjoy all the fun of the fayre. 

As for the delicious cakes lovingly baked by supporters and delivered on the day, they sold at £1 a slice and, by 2pm, volunteers Elaine and Jan had sold out! It was time to wash their knives!

Says joint coordinator Nicole: "A great day was had by all. Thanks to everybody who supported us, especially Judith and the team at St Barnabas. We’ll be back next year.”