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CP Mid Kent helping the Kenward trust

01 October 2017
CP Mid Kent helping the Kenward trust Kenward Trust is a charity helping people to transform their lives from the misery of addiction, homelessness, and crime. The Trust offers a variety of services offering people hope, support and the opportunity to change their lives and reach their full potential by addressing substance misuse.

Kenward House is a residential “rehab” project set in 15 acres of Kent countryside near the village of Yalding providing a supported and structured programme for people in recovery from alcohol and/or drug misuse. Residents commonly stay for three to six months or until they are ready to take the next steps in their recovery from addiction.

A small colony of six feral cats live on the Kenward House site, which are supported by staff and residents. Having responsibility for looking after the welfare of the cats and developing trusting relationships with them has enormous therapeutic value for residents.

One of the current residents explains this in his own words:
"I came to Kenward House rehab because of my drinking addiction. I was pleased to be given the opportunity to help look after the feral cats living on site because I love animals and have previously had cats of my own. At first they were very nervous of me, but gradually I am earning their trust and now when I put their food down they come around me and a couple of them have even let me stroke them. They are beautiful cats and they are very affectionate towards each other. It is a great feeling for me to see how happy and healthy they are and it gives me enormous satisfaction and fulfilment to have the privilege of having responsibility for their care. If only they knew how much they have helped me in recovering my own health and wellbeing!"

Help with donations of food for the Kenward House cats is always welcome and gratefully received, and donations can be made via Mid Kent Cats Protection.

More information about the services provided by the Kenward Trust can be found here: 

There  is a  cat food donation box  for the Kenward Trust cats at our re-homing centre at Notcutts. Please drop off any cat food your cat will not eat.

There's now a Just Giving page to help care for the cats https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mark-thompson-415 any help will be greatly appreciated.