Former Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender is the latest celebrity to become a patron at East Harling-based cat rescue centre Feline Care.
Mr Lavender, who also featured in EastEnders between 2001 and 2005, joins keyboard player and songwriter of Yes, Rick Wakeman, as a patron of the charity after the pair made a surprise visit to the Cat’s Christmas event held at the start of the month.
Molly Farrar, manager at Feline Care, said: “We all agreed to have Ian as a patron - as a small charity we are absolutely overwhelmed to have such prestigious stars to champion our cause.”
The event, attended by more than 200 people, raised £1,800 for the good cause, which is reliant on donations.
People had the chance to leave presents for the cats, buy mince pies and mulled wine, take part in a tombola and browse an array of stalls.
“We are really, really pleased with that (the money raised),” she added.
“I think that is at least £500 more than we have raised at our Christmas event last year.
“It was a really good event. There were lots of people and it was really well attended.
“I would like to thank any Diss Express readers who supported it. They make it all possible.”
The next big event scheduled is on April 20 next year for their Easter Open Day.
n Feline Care are currently selling a calendar to raise money, priced £5 eaeh or three for £12, and are available from the centre in Roudham Road, East Harling, or the Feline Care charity shop in Exchange Street, Attleborough. For more information visit www.felinecare.org.uk.