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Gogglebox stars to open Cats Protection’s first shop in Brighton

Besi Besemar February 23, 2017

Gogglebox stars Chris Steed and Stephen Webb will officially open Cats Protection’s first shop in Brighton next month.

The cat-loving duo, who appear on the hit Channel 4 TV show, will be at the store to cut a ribbon and meet shoppers on Wednesday, March 8 between 10.30am and 11.30am.

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 cat Ginge died in 2015, said: “Stephen and I love cats and we love Brighton, so we’re really looking forward to coming along to help launch Cats Protection’s new shop.

“Cats give so much back to their owners in terms of companionship, loyalty and support, so I think it’s wonderful that this new shop will enable the local community to raise money to help cats in need, particularly after losing my beloved Ginge a couple of years ago.”

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.

Cats Protection Area Retail Manager Mark Verity, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Chris and Stephen to our store for an opening celebration. Brighton is a fantastic cat-loving city and we’re very much looking forward to getting to know the community.

 “There’s already a lot of buzz and excitement around the new shop, with lots of local people wishing us luck. The new shop will have a modern boutique feel which we hope will appeal to lots of shoppers, from discerning dressers to keen book-lovers.”

The new shop, at 70a Beaconsfield Road, will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm and on Sundays from 10am until 4pm. Donations should be delivered during shop opening hours.

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Or telephone: 01273 565675.