Masterchef Contestant Joins In The Fun At Cats Protection’s Paw-Some Afternoon Tea

Masterchef Contestant Joins In The Fun At Cats Protection’s Paw-Some Afternoon Tea

Former MasterChef: The Professionals contestant James Villiers was guest of honour at Cats Protection’s first ever Paw-Some Afternoon Tea event on Friday 26 May. Visitors, staff and volunteers all enjoyed tea and cakes at the charity’s centre in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, as part of a nationwide fundraiser which saw 2,000 people host their own events across the UK.

James, who reached the final six in the BBC Two Bafta-nominated series last year and who also works as a head chef in Brighton, helped to serve guests and officially opened the event. He said: “It was great to come along to Cats Protection’s first Paw-Some Afternoon Tea. As a chef, I know that food really brings everyone together and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than sharing good food and company while raising money for a good cause.”

As well as a spread of delicious treats, visitors also enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours of the National Cat Adoption Centre, the UK’s largest cat rehoming centre, in exchange for a small donation. Dee McDonald, Manager of Cats Protection’s Visitor Centre said: “It was great to be able to raise money for cats in need with such a fun and lively event. James was able to share some of his baking tips and ideas with us and we’re really grateful for him taking the time out to help make the event such a success.”

Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre is the perfect day out for all the family all year round and is open every day from 10am-4pm.  As well as a free nature trail, there is also a café, children’s play area and shop.

The National Cat Centre is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. To find it using a SatNav, please use the postcode RH17 7DE, or for a map and directions please visit

For general enquiries, please contact the charity’s Visitor Centre on 01825 741370 or email