Banchory girl makes a big splash for Deeside cats

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Cats and swimming don’t usually mix, but one young lady has brought the two together in a unique way by taking the plunge for a local charity.

Natalie Davidson, from Banchory, has completed a charity swim to raise funds to help cats and kittens in North East Scotland and beyond.

Natalie, 10, has always been keen on cats, but when her family adopted Charlie from the Scottish SPCA in Drumoak a few months ago, she became particularly interested in the plight of other felines which had not had the best start in life.

She said: “It was coming up to Charlie’s first birthday so I thought I’d do something a bit different to celebrate.”

Natalie decided to raise funds for the Deeside branch of Cats Protection, which cares for stray, lost or abandoned cats, and finds good homes for them.

She decided to carry out a sponsored swim of 30 lengths at a local pool. By doing so, she has raised £285 for her cause.

Natalie said: “The swim was so exciting I just ended up doing two extra lengths. I’m very grateful to everyone who supported me, and pleased I could help.”

Liz Robinson, of Deeside Cats Protection, said: “I am so very grateful for all Natalie’s efforts. It was a fantastic achievement and she is one determined and focused little girl who has a passion for cats.

“As for the money raised? Half will be used to buy kitten food as we are running out fast and the other half will go towards paying our vets’ bills.

‘‘The cats and kittens in care thank her from the bottom of their hearts.”