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Could you rise to a new challenge and raise vital funds for our rescued animals?

Every year thousands of people challenge themselves in order to raise vital funds for charity, and we would love you to support CHAT!

Whether you are climbing a mountain, running a marathon, or holding your own event, it is easy to fundraise for CHAT on JustGiving.

We will support you every step of the way, and promote your fundraising efforts via our website and social media channels to help ensure that your fundraising is a success.

For more information on how you can get involved, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01892 783367.

Maria is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise vital funds!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Maria, who is taking on a massive challenge next year in the hope of raising as many vital funds as possible for our rescued cats and kittens!

In May 2016, Maria will travel to the USA to embark on a 5-day, 48-mile trek in the Grand Canyon. The trek is completely self funded, so all money raised will go to charity.

Maria was inspired to raise much-needed funds for CHAT after adopting two lovely cats from our Greenacres Rehoming Centre and Sanctuary in East Sussex. Lily and Luna (pictured) were rescued by our team with their mum and blind dad, and were still really shy when Maria adopted them as young adults. It’s lovely to see them doing so well.

Maria says: “In 2013, one of my friends was a cat fosterer for the Hastings Branch of Celia Hammond Animal Trust. One evening I went to visit my friend and meet the cats she was fostering at the time, a pair of sisters called Lily and Luna. Lily and Luna were two years old and had spent most of their lives at the CHAT Sanctuary, so my friend was helping to socialise them and bring them out of themselves so they could be put up for adoption.

The moment I saw Lily and Luna (pictured), I thought they were so sweet and I felt I could give them a forever home. I had my husband Ryan come and meet them and as he loves cats as much as I do, and it didn't take much to convince him that we should adopt them. We adopted Lily and Luna in August 2013 and they came to live with us and our other two cats, Gambit and Rogue. Two years later - with some hard work and patience - Lily and Luna now come up for fussing and cuddles and are generally quite chilled out. They are also very vocal at meal times!

They generally get along well with Gambit and Rogue and quite often they are all chasing each other around the house. Luna does still gets a little scared at sudden noises, particularly the doorbell, but she doesn’t hide under the sofa as much as she used to, whereas Lily is a bit braver than her sister as only the hoover seems to bother her. The cats bring us such love and joy that - as challenging it can be having four of them – we wouldn’t have it any other way.”


If you would like to sponsor Maria’s amazing challenge, please donate via her JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Blacklock2/

Thank you all so much. Good luck in training, Maria!

Have you been inspired by Maria's story? If you would like to embark on your own challenge of a lifetime, please contact our Head Office team on 01892 783367 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Every penny you raise for CHAT will benefit the rescued cats and kittens in our care. Thank you! 

Please support our Challenge Event participants!

We are very lucky to have several wonderful supporters who are taking part in a challenge event and raising money for CHAT this year!

Please click on the links to their online fundraising pages below to read their stories, and sponsor them if you can! Your support will really spur them on, and every penny you donate will truly benefit animals in need.

Nicki Adams - London To Paris Bike Ride - 20th April 2016 - https://www.justgiving.com/Cycling4CHAT
Maria Blacklock - Grand Canyon Trek - 14th May 2016 - https://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Blacklock2/