Volunteers jump for cash for cats

REGIONAL North Birmingham

25 October 2017
Volunteers jump for cash for cats

Valiant volunteers with the North Birmingham branch of Cats Protection will be making the ‘fastest and longest jump in Europe’ at the end of October – to raise funds for felines in their care. Long-serving volunteers Shaki McFarland and Jenny Reynolds have put their names down to ‘jump for cats’ at the fund-raising event taking place in Bethesda, Bangor on Saturday the 28th October. 

And it won’t be the first time they’ve diced with danger – in 2015 they both abseiled down the cliffs of the Avon Gorge to raise money for moggies and – thankfully – returned hale and hearty to tell the tale and carry on in their vital cat-care roles.  

Shaki and Jenny (centre) pictured after their 2015 abseil for cats. Now they're setting off for Bangor to attempt the 'longest jump in Europe' to raise funds for felines

‘Zip World Velocity’ is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe and Shaki and Jenny are "a bit nervous but very excited".

Says Shaki, who is welfare officer with the North Birmingham branch: “We will be taking in the stunning views from the Big Top of Velocity, out towards Anglesey with views of the Isle of Man too if it's a clear day. We’ll be with dozens, maybe hundreds, of other volunteers from all over the country – descending down the Big Zipper over the quarry lake – and we're told we'll be reaching speeds in excess of 100mph! It really will be the giddy height of my volunteering career - so far.”

Shaki and Jenny will be wearing yellow bandanas while they ‘zip through the air’ as the Cats Protection logo is yellow and blue. Says Jenny: “Maybe the blue will be added by – hopefully – clear blue skies above us! We are hoping for good weather so we can do the cats and our fellow volunteers proud. It certainly is a great challenge - and the more we can raise in sponsorship for needy cats, the better. With Halloween coming up, lets hope we don't get spooked!"

North Birmingham Cats Protection is currently looking for more volunteers. Branch co-ordinator Denise Atkins says: “Just now, we need a homing officer, indoor fosterers, and trap/neuter/return volunteers. And we’d love to hear from anyone – or two people to share – the volunteer recruitment role”.

*To contact CP about volunteering, call the helpline – 0345 2601503.