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Small Talk May's Walk In Memory Of Aunt
by Sarenka Knight
Emma Reaches Minsmere
Dear readers of this column you will be
Ten-year-old May de la Rue's remarkable
delighted to know that the little black cat
journey reaches RSPB Minsmere nature
called Picasso I featured last month who
reserve on Monday 19 October, when she
was HIV positive has been happily
will become one of the RSPB's youngest life
re-homed and is with his new family.
Picasso has every chance of living a
normal life and does not require any medication although he
May has been walking the fifty-mile long
will always have to be an indoors cat as he cannot come
Suffolk Coast path with her dad in memory of her Aunt
into contact with other cats. Best of luck Picasso!
Emma, who sadly died in August. They are raising funds for
The Suffolk Foundation to support young people with
Now a sad story. Some of you may remember a cat I
disabilities in Suffolk.
featured a few months ago called Avril. Avril is 18 months old
and has now spent over a year with Cats Protection. She is a
May's journey started in Felixstowe, and has already taken her
pretty, young cat but she is nervous with strangers. When
past RSPB nature reserves at Boyton Marshes, near Orford;
people have visited Cats Protection she hides and only
Snape Warren; and North Warren, near Aldeburgh. She will
comes out when everyone has gone.
also visit RSPB Dingle Marshes, near Dunwich, before
completing her walk in Lowestoft on 25 October.
Avril is an affectionate cat with her carer who has got to know
her and would gain confidence with a new owner. Poor Avril
On Monday, her walk from Sizewell to Dunwich takes her
has spent the greater part of her life in care because she is a
through the superb landscape at Minsmere, where the RSPB
scaredy-cat, but lots of cats are nervous of strangers and all
will take her on a four wheel drive tour to see some of the
she needs is lots of love and kindness to win her trust.
reserve's special wildlife, including it's popular red deer herd.
On arrival at Minsmere, RSPB staff will present May with a life
Cats Protection now have a very kind person in Woodbridge
membership to the RSPB, bought as a present by her dad,
who is fostering cats, by the time this goes to print she will
making May one of the RSPB's youngest life members!
have two male cats in her care, Oscar and Micky who are
both about 10 years old. They are very fond of each other
Commenting on her walk so far, May said, "Aunt Emma loved
and would not want to be separated. One is black and the
the great outdoors, and I have lots of memories of her and
the adventures we shared when she came to Suffolk. So far
on our walk in her memory we have been enjoying many
Would you be interested in becoming a fosterer for Cats
things and meeting many people on the way.
Protection? You would look after cats and kittens while they
wait to be re-homed. If you are interested please phone Cats
"The official distance is 50 miles, but it's more like 60 when
you add Dad's geeky detours to things like museums, crag
pits and rare trees!" You can follow May's journey, and sponsor
If you would like to meet Oscar, Mickey and Avril and would
her efforts, on her website at www.fiftymileswithmydad.com
like to consider giving them a home please see 'Adopting a
Cat' below which has all the Cats Protection contact details.
RSPB spokesman Ian Barthorpe said, "When we heard about
Cats Protection still have lots of kittens all needing loving
May's terrific fundraising walk we were only to pleased to be
able to help. We are looking forward to meeting May and
showing her some of Minsmere autumn wildlife. The colours
are superb, and I'm sure she'll enjoy seeing the red deer."
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