Newark schoolgirl, 9, raises money for Cats Protection following discovery of dumped kittens by River Trent
A schoolgirl was so upset by the plight of week-old kittens callously abandoned to their fate that she decided to fundraise for the charity that took the poor darlings in.
Six kittens, judged to be a week old, were found dumped by the River Trent in Newark, and of those five have since died.
When nine-year-old Amelia heard about their plight, she decided to make a dramatic change to support the leading cat charity, Cats Protection.
She had 21 inches of her beloved hair cut off and has so far raised £725 for Cats Protection Sleaford while her hair has been donated to The Little Princess Trust, who will use it to make a wig to for children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer.
Moreover, the animal-loving schoolgirl and her mum have taken in the surviving kitten.
The six tiny kittens had been left for dead, and were only found after a man on a mobility scooter heard their cries and shouted for help to a passer-by.
They were wrapped in a hoodie for warmth and taken to a local charity for help, but two of them died the next day and a further three the following week.
Ruth Philp, branch fundraising team leader, said: “The kittens were crying and distressed when they came in; they were scrawny and wet and were covered in fleas.
“Our priority was to gently warm them up, so they could be fed and treated.
“As their eyes had only just opened, they were judged to be about a week old.
“It was a desperately sad case.”
The surviving kitten, aptly-named Braid, is being hand-reared by Amelia and her mum.
At 300g Braid may be small but she already has quite a following for her video updates on Sleaford Cat’s Protection Twitter with the hashtag #TheHairstyles