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Vet charity receives cash boost for scheme helping diabetic cat

A diabetic cat which benefits from a scheme supporting felines in their old age has visited a Lymm vet who has secured a charity cash boost for the programme.

Tilly, a part Bengal tabby cat was originally taken in by the Warrington-based charity Cat Homing and Rescue (CHAR), run by Hazel Helsby, which receives support and advice from head vet Rachel Dean of Lymm Veterinary Surgery.

The nine-year-old moggie is part of the charity’s Golden Oldie scheme which seeks to ensure older cats who find themselves homeless or neglected can live out their twilight years in comfort and security.

The programme has received a much-needed £500 boost from the independently-run Willows Veterinary Group which owns Lymm Veterinary Surgery on Booths Hill Road.

Vet Rachel put forward CHAR on behalf of her surgery at the Group’s Christmas party and two animal charities benefit each year from a donation.

Another £500 went to the Cocker and English Springer Spaniel Rescue (CAESSR).

Rachel, 42, who heads up the team at Lymm Veterinary Surgery and has been a vet for more than 20 years, said: “We have worked closely with Hazel and CHAR for around five years and greatly value the work Hazel does. She always tries her hardest to help us, particularly with finding homes for stray cats which might be brought into the surgery, and we try our hardest to help her by providing advice and helping her to look after the health of the cats which come in to her care.

“We admire her drive, determination and the compassion she shows to needy cats just like Tilly who has found such a loving, forever home thanks to Hazel’s efforts.”

Can you give an older cat a home? To contact CHAR go to email or call 01925 824433.

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