Station cat raises £500 for charity

19 September 2023
Heart-warming ‘purr-fect’ fifth birthday for Huddersfield’s beloved ‘Bolty boy’ raises money for local charities.

Bolt, the Junior Pest Controller, joined the TransPennine Express (TPE) team at Huddersfield Station in 2019 as an apprentice to internet sensation and Senior Pest Controller, Felix. The two cats are feline phenomena with over 186,000 Facebook followers, two top-selling published books, and an annual fundraising calendar.

Angela Hunte, Huddersfield Station Manager, said: “Felix and Bolt are well loved, and the pair often attract visitors from around the world. “We try to deter their fans from sending any money to the station and request that if people wish to send a gift, they instead make a charity donation on the furry duo’s behalf."

Bolt's fifth birthday was said to be 'a global sensation', as thousands of birthday messages online and cards through the post from as far away as Canada were received.

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Angela added: “This year, our lovely Bolty boy was inundated with well wishes and birthday cards, some of which contained cash gifts. As a result, we will be making donations to five local charities (MND Association, The Welcome Centre, Men's Shed, Huddersfield Women's Aid and Forget Me Not) that are close to the Huddersfield team’s hearts.”

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