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Woman to sit in cat pen for 26 hours

PUBLISHED: 08:29 01 May 2020 | UPDATED: 08:29 01 May 2020

Leah Snowden, cat care assistant, will stage a 26-hour sponsored sit-in at the charity’s Downham Market Adoption Centre. Picture: Cats Protection

Leah Snowden, cat care assistant, will stage a 26-hour sponsored sit-in at the charity’s Downham Market Adoption Centre. Picture: Cats Protection

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A Norfolk animal care assistant is taking lockdown to a new level by staging a 26-hour cat pen sit-in for charity.

Leah Snowden, cat care assistant, will stage a 26-hour sponsored sit-in at the charity’s Downham Market Adoption Centre. Picture: Cats ProtectionLeah Snowden, cat care assistant, will stage a 26-hour sponsored sit-in at the charity’s Downham Market Adoption Centre. Picture: Cats Protection

Leah Snowden, from King’s Lynn, is interested to see “life from a cat’s perspective” as she plans to spend 26 hours in a feline maternity pen for Cats Protection.

The 29-year-old joins fellow cat lovers across the country taking up the 2.6 challenge to raise money for the feline charity during the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen fundraising “severely hit”.

In her version of the challenge, the cat care assistant will spend day and night sitting and sleeping in one of the empty cat pens at the Downham Market Adoption Centre in Stowbridge.

She said: “With the lockdown this is a good time to do it, as being confined is something we are all struggling with.

“It should be really interesting as I’ll see life from a cat’s perspective and what it’s like for cats in care.”

Ms Snowden will start the challenge at 5pm on Friday, May 8 and finish at 7pm on Saturday, May 9.

Having rehomed a silver tabby called Lord Rufus four years ago, she felt it was important to raise funds for the charity .

She said: “He’s a massive part of my life and was even Mr July in Cats Protection’s 2020 calendar.

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“Cats Protection does amazing work and I am super proud to be part of the team at our centre. I see first-hand what a difference we make to the cats lives.”

The cat care assistant has set up a JustGiving page for donations to be made to the charity.

A statement on the page added money raised would go towards the care of Hector, a stray cat at the Downham Market centre.

She said: “We currently have 51 cats in care and we can have more than 100 cats at any time.

“Our centre helps nearly 1,000 cats a year towards new beginnings and happy endings.

“The money I am raising will go towards vital funds during this uncertain time for the centre such as veterinary bills for Hector, a stray cat who was brought into the centre with a severely infected tongue and was having trouble eating and was drooling profusely.

“Without the centres help Hector would most likely have starved to death.

“Any funds raised above and beyond the target will be used to care for other cats and kittens in our care.”


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