Purrfect award for East Yorkshire's Caring For Cats charity
An animal charity is purring with success after being awarded a national award.
Caring For Cats has won the Best Cat Rescue Centre award at the national Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards.
The success comes nearly two years after a blaze swept through their centre in Market Weighton, coming within five metres of animals waiting to be rehomed.
Charity founders Rose Atkin and Steve Marshall attended the ceremony in London to accept the Best Cat Rescue category against numerous other small independents across the country.
Ms Atkin said: "Everyone should be extremely proud of the voluntary work they do for this charity. It is fantastic to have our efforts recognised nationally at this award event.
"Steve and I were both privileged and humbled to win alongside like-minded people with such inspirational animal rescue stories to tell."
Yorkshire event sponsors Burgess Pet Care invited all independent UK rescue centres to nominate themselves for a recognition award under seven different categories.
The success comes little over a year after the charity was facing an uncertain future because of a funding crisis.
Caring For Cats was thousands of pounds in debt, with veterinary bills alone costing between £5,000 and £6,000 per month.
Mr Marshall, charity treasurer, said: "It has been a struggle over the past couple of years. The part of the cat centre that suffered fire damage is now back in a liveable condition.
"We are now looking into extending this area to allow more cages.
"The future is looking brighter, although our workload is ever-increasing with a waiting list of cats that need rehoming as long as it has ever been."
The award ceremony, now in its third year, gives national recognition to a handful of charities that have shown excellence in their chosen field of work.
Celebrities attending this year's event included Dame Judy Dench, Rick Wakeman, actor Peter Egan, Lorraine Chase and Annette Crosbie.
Speaking about the award, Mr Marshall said: "I think we stood out to the judges because of our exceptionally high animal welfare standards, which we never compromise on.
"Cat welfare is the charity's highest priority and at the heart of every decision we make."
Caring For Cats has been operating at its homing centre in Market Weighton since 2000 and rescues and rehomes more than 400 cats and kittens each year.
Source: This is Hull and East Riding