VOLUNTEERS from a charity that rehomes and neuters stray and abandoned cats are celebrating success at the National Cat Awards.

Cats Protection Gwent Branch were among three teams nominated for the Star Team Award 2018, and they were announced as the winners at the ceremony at the Savoy Hotel, in London.

Branch co-ordinator Glynis Davies said: “We were thrilled to bits just to be shortlisted for the award. It was a fabulous afternoon and to win was the icing on the cake.

“It was really nice to win the award for our volunteers.”

With a team of over 30 volunteers, Cats Protection Gwent Branch managed to rehome 350 stray and abandoned cats last year and neutered 236 over the past 12 months.

Mrs Davies hopes that the award can benefit the branch and help improve the number of cats that they support.

She added: “It would be nice if it did help bring in some more volunteers, but even if it doesn’t it at least shows what a great group of people we have here.”

Cats Protection’s awards organiser Kate Bunting said: “Our volunteers at Gwent have made an incredible difference to feline welfare and are truly deserving of this recognition.”