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Summer Fayre raised £1,000-plus for needy cats

09 July 2022
Summer Fayre raised £1,000-plus for needy cats

Cats Protection volunteers and dozens of Great Barr stall-holders worked away as one ‘large litter’ to make the Collingwood summer fund-raising event the purrfect day for cats – raising over £1K in total – on Saturday, the 2nd of July.

Claire Farr, assistant manager of the CP shop in Erdington, took her partner Richard Seaman along to help with her stall and says she was ‘busy all day, and CP Tote bags, at £6.50 each, sold really well – raising £82.50.”

Nicole Evans, CP coordinator, was purring all the way to the ‘cat’ bank! Says Nicole: “Because of the pandemic, this was our first ‘in person’ fundraising event for 2 years. And our grateful thanks go to volunteer and organiser extraordinaire – Lorraine Bradford – for its success.

Lorraine had lots of people to thank – especially ‘bottle’ donators. “The bottle tombola was hugely popular and sold out in 2 hours. Jenny’s jams were as sought-after as ever, as was her chocolate orange cake. Children’s tombola – with over 60 prizes – ensured all the kiddies were happy, and a special thank you goes to Jaynee, business name ‘I love cats and monsters’ who supported us yet again. I’m delighted to say everyone’s hard work paid off – with cat coffers swelled by £808 (plus one Euro – don’t ask!)”

Invited along were supporters Betty and Colin Farruggia from Walsall Road Allotments. Between them they raised a further £200 selling nip-knots, allotment cat themed merchandise, plants and copies of the book pawed by the much-missed Robert - the world-famed ‘twitter’ allotment cat who sadly moved-on to Rainbow Bridge earlier this year. The money raised by Betty and Colin will go towards the allotment cats’ veterinary fund.

Everyone had a rewarding day – even though there were showers as well as sunshine. And even more cats and kittens in North Birmingham will benefit from the monies raised. So purrs all round.