Sheep, alpacas and ducks help cats trust

Rick Parker from Brigg shears the sheep at the open day on September 6. EMN-140916-122021001
Rick Parker from Brigg shears the sheep at the open day on September 6. EMN-140916-122021001

There’s an extra £7,500 in the kitty after the Lincolnshire Trust for Cats staged another successful annual open day.

Founder and trustee Jain Kidd said the centre in Mill Lane, Osgodby, attracted more than 1,000 people for the event on September 6.

Entry was £1 a car, but people also walked and took the Connect bus to the popular annual event.

It featured a variety of attractions, including sheep shearing demonstrations, alpacas and fairground-style events such as ‘hook a duck.’

There were food stalls and raffles too, with a case of the appropriately-named Black Cat wine raising £335.

The star attraction was, of course, the 400 or so feline residents, who delighted visitors from afar.

“The predicted rain didn’t really happen so it was a good day. Both numbers and takings were a bit up on last year,” said Jain.

The main purpose of the open day is to raise funds for the 1000-member trust, which formed in 1999, and costs £250,000 a year to run.

The trust also has a charity shop in Market Rasen and it also stages other fundraising events.

“Since the open day, we have since had enquiries from people wanting to adopt cats. We never expect to home a large amount from the day. Most people who come already have their quota of cats but the day does create interest. If their cat dies they know where to come for another one,” Jain added.