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Gogglebox stars open Cats Protection’s first shop in Brighton

Besi Besemar March 9, 2017

Gogglebox stars Chris Steed and Stephen Webb joined in the fun to officially open Cats Protection’s first shop in Brighton.

Pictured L-R Mark Verity, Stephen Webb, Chris Steed and Lara Beumer. Photo by: Skye Brackpool
Pictured L-R Mark Verity, Stephen Webb, Chris Steed and Lara Beumer. Photo by: Skye Brackpool

The cat-loving duo, who appear on the hit Channel 4 TV show, cut an opening ribbon and met shoppers, volunteers and staff when they dropped in to the shop’s opening day on Wednesday, March 8.

The store, in Beaconsfield Road, will stock good quality second-hand clothes, toys, books and household items. All proceeds will go to help care for unwanted and abandoned cats.

Chris, whose much-loved pet cat Ginge died in 2015, said: “I have a friend who volunteers for Cats Protection so I know how valuable it is that people donate items, money or even their time to help out Cats Protection shops like Brighton. It’ll make a big difference to unwanted cats.”  

Stephen added: “I’m helping out today in memory of Ginge. He was a lovely cat and I’m doing this for him and all the other cats out there that still need Cats Protection’s help.” 

Photo by Skye Brackpool

Fans of the Gogglebox pair can now enter a competition on Cats Protection’s Facebook page to win one of two fleece jumpers signed by the pair on the shop’s opening day.

To enter the competition, click here:

Or email: with the answer to the following question:

What dogs can often be seen on the sofa with Chris and Steve during their Gogglebox? 

Entries close on Friday, March 10 at noon, following which two winners will be drawn from the pool of correct answers.

Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping around 500 cats a day – or around 200,000 a year – through a national network of 32 centres and over 250 voluntary-run branches.

Lana Beumer, Manager of the new Brighton shop, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Chris and Stephen and all our new friends and supporters in Brighton who made our opening day such a success. We’re really looking forward to meeting local people and anyone who would like to become a volunteer at the shop is more than welcome to pop in to find out more.”

The new shop, at 70a Beaconsfield Road, will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm and on Sunday from 10am until 4pm.

Donations should be delivered during shop opening hours.

For more information or to check the items which can be accepted, call 01273 565675.