Plucky Pensioner Scales New Heights to help Cats Protection

Plucky Pensioner Scales New Heights to help Cats Protection

A plucky pensioner plans to abseil 160ft down the Sea Walls of the Avon Gorge next month in order to raise money for one of his favourite charities

A cat lover and keen volunteer, seventy year old George Russell will be taking part in Cats Protection’s charity abseil, which takes place on 8 March.

“I’ve been a volunteer with my local branch of Cats Protection for over twenty years. In that time I have helped with cleaning, socialising cats and also fundraising for the charity,” said George. “My wife and I have been cat fosters and we have adopted six rescue cats that are from the Newbury Adoption Centre. Now I want to do something extra special to help raise funds for all the cats that need it.”

cats protection 2George, who lives in Hungerford, will be raising money for Cats Protection’s Swindon Branch. He is looking forward to taking in some spectacular views whilst abseiling and hopes that people will sponsor him to take part.

“I have never done an abseil before and it sounded like a challenge.  I know that some of my colleagues at Cats Protection are going to be facing down their fear of heights when they take part, but I don’t feel scared as I know I’ll be in safe hands. I am really looking forward to it and hope I can raise as much as possible for the charity.”

Rebecca Worth, Regional Fundraising Manager for Cats Protection and the event organiser, said: “We are very excited about the abseil and hope that it will help raise vital funds to help the huge number of cats that come in to us. We are delighted that George is taking part and hope his enthusiasm will encourage other people to sign up for the challenge.”

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