MasterChef: The Professionals Contestant Lend A Hand At Cats Protection's Paw-Some Afternoon Tea

MasterChef: The Professionals Contestant Lend A Hand At Cats Protection’s Paw-Some Afternoon Tea

Former MasterChef: The Professionals contestant James Villiers will be coming along to join in the fun at Cats Protection’s Paw-some Afternoon Tea party later this month. The National Cat Centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, will be holding the event from on Friday 26 May, when visitors can enjoy tea and a spread of tasty treats in a fun atmosphere.

James, who reached the final six in the BBC Two Bafta-nominated series last year and who also works as the head chef at The Ginger Dog in Brighton, said: “Cats provide a huge amount of support and companionship to owners across the UK, so I’m thrilled to be part of an event which helps cats in need. I’m looking forward to meeting visitors on the day who share my love of that most simplest of pleasures – tea and cake. Food, good company and the chance to enjoy both while raising money for a good cause – who could ask for more?”

Visitors will be able to enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the National Cat Adoption Centre, the UK’s largest cat rehoming centre, in exchange for a small donation. There will also be activities for pre-schoolers, including face painting, a lucky dip and craft activities. Tours will be available from 12pm, while a tempting selection of tea, coffee and cake will be served in the cafe from 2pm until 4pm. All proceeds will go to help care for unwanted and abandoned cats.

Cats Protection’s Paw-some Afternoon Tea is part of a nationwide fundraiser which will see supporters holding events in homes, workplaces and schools across the UK. Dee McDonald, Manager of Cats Protection’s Visitor Centre said: “Our Paw-some Afternoon Tea is all about doing what cats do best – taking the time to enjoy the fun things in life! We’ll be serving tea, coffee and all sorts of sweet treats, leaving our visitors free to enjoy a natter or simply unwind. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you’re a cat lover or a just fancy an excuse for a good cuppa and a slice of cake in a fun atmosphere. Cat lovers in particular will enjoy the tours of the adoption centre where they will get a glimpse of what goes on in one of the country’s busiest cat rehoming centres.”

Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre is currently caring for around 150 cats in need of homes, including 12-year-old Tabby, who came to the centre last month after her owner passed away. Tabby is a little shy but has a sweet and friendly personality and will make a lovely pet.

Anyone can hold their own Paw-some Afternoon Tea event on or around Friday 26 May from their own home or workplace to help raise money for cats in need. To obtain a free pack containing everything needed to make it a success, email

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 the 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