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Katie's Alps Trek to help Preston Branch

01 October 2019
We have a volunteer taking part in Cats Protection's 2020 Alps Trek. The trek takes part in September 2020 and the trekkers will be covering 46 km over five days and three countries in the Mont Blanc region. Katie Gunn has signed up, and has kindly nominated our branch to benefit from her sponsorship ... but of course she needs your help. If you can sponsor her, or support her fundraising efforts, it would be great for her and for Preston Branch. 

This is the link to Katie's Just Giving page - https://justgiving.com/fundraising/katielouisegunn
Katie's story ... 

Preston Branch is my local branch, I’ve lived in this area all my life so the whole aim of supporting you guys at Preston is to support what’s going on locally, as well as help the kitties!
There are a few reasons why I want to take part in the challenge and why I picked Cats Protection really, firstly I have a cat of my own who I cherish and adore more than absolutely anything in the world, and I’m generally just a cat-lover, so my love for animals in general is what spurred me on to do something. I also think the work that you guys do is particularly important in terms of neutering to try to stop the overpopulation of cats and kittens when there aren’t enough homes to go round is another great thing you do.
The challenge itself will be a shock to my system, I’m only 21 and this feels like the first time I’m going to have to embark on something huge on my own, meeting new people and exploring foreign territory in my own right. I am used to the home comforts and luxuries, so this will definitely be a challenge in that respect, as well as hopefully hugely rewarding socially and mentally, getting out there, seeing the sights and hopefully making some new friends along the way.
Ultimately, I had an idea I wanted to do something huge, and raising £2,100 for CP was a very quick decision when I saw the advert, immediately I knew that was the next personal challenge I wanted to do. £2,100 is a lot of money, but I’m very determined so I won’t be giving in! My day job is a Tram Conductor on the Blackpool Trams and some of my hobbies include photography, art and interior design. 
The photo is of my cat Tinks, who is nearly 3 now. Tinks likes cuddles and naps, is a massive fluff ball and has tremendous whiskers.