Croydon artist draws paw for a cause

Croydon-based artist Celia Pike has shown her support for unwanted moggies and donated her ‘paw print’ to raise money for the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection.

Celia, who lives in Woodside, is most famously recognised for her lifelike cat portraits on Hudson & Middleton fine bone china mugs, and she has contributed a unique work of art after being asked to draw around her hand, sign it and style it in her own unique way.

It will then be auctioned on eBay in early December – along with the paws of 15 other celebrities and artists. Bidding starts on Thursday 29 November at 8pm.

Now in its sixth year, Cats Protection’s Celebrity Paws Auction raises much needed funds for the charity, which helps over 235,000 cats and kittens a year. The auction attracts a host of celebrities and artists who are keen to lend a hand to help Cats Protection continue its vital feline welfare work in the UK.

“We’re so grateful for these wonderful drawings that these busy celebrities and artists have kindly contributed,” said Kate Bunting, spokesperson for Cats Protection. “Each one is unique and would make a really unusual Christmas present.”

‘Paws’ are available from other celebrities including Downton Abbey stars, Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Phyllis Logan, former newsreader Jan Leeming, TV presenter and newsreader Sonali Shah, actor Sophie Turner, artists Simon Drew, Susan Bower, Celia Pike, Martin Leman, Beth Wilson, Sarah Morris and illustrators Jim Field and Spike Gerrell.

For the chance to get your hands on these works of art and to find out who else has donated their paw print to Cats Protection, please visit www.cats.org.uk/celebrity-paws

To make a donation to help the charity continue its cat welfare work, please call Cats Protection’s national Helpline on 03000 12 12 12

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