Jessie, a cat from Peterborough has been named as a finalist in Cats Protection s National Cat Awards . She could go on to be named National Cat of the Year at the ceremony, which will be held in London in August.
Life for Tracey Jessop-Thompson and her husband Stephen changed forever when their 18-year-old daughter Lucy died suddenly from a cardiac arrest as a result of an undiagnosed heart condition. As the devastated couple went about slowly rebuilding their lives, they found comfort, support and joy in the most unexpected of places a tiny rescue kitten called Jessie. Now aged one, fun-loving Jessie has given the couple the strength to embark on charity work to raise awareness of heart conditions in young people. Tracey said: Jessie really has been such an incredible help to us, she has soothed me when the pain has felt too much to bear, made us smile during the darkest of days and been a constant presence in our lives. She s a truly remarkable cat and I don t know where we would be without her.
Along with two other incredible cats, Jessie has been announced as a finalist in Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards 2016 and is nominated in the Outstanding Rescue Cat category. If she wins the category she ll be in with a chance of being named overall National Cat of the Year following in the paw prints of the previous winner, Nelson. Nelson spent 15 years of his life as a stray in the docks of Country Durham, lost an eye, survived drowning and even overcame a tumour.
Organised by Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity, the event is designed to celebrate the extraordinary tales of survival, companionship and bravery in the feline world. The winners of the five categories Hero Cat, Most Caring Cat, Furr-ever Friends, Outstanding Rescue Cat and the Purina Better Together will be announced at a star-studded award ceremony in London.
The awards will be held at The Savoy in London on 4th August and will be attended by celebrity judges including Anita Dobson and John Stapleton.