Monday, 22 April 2019

LOYALTY IN COLLABORATIONS | CATS PROTECTION EASTER EVENT







A small organization was asking my advice the other day about starting a blog and they were wondering how they could get as many readers as I have (over half a million of you lovely little things!). I told them how the free publicity of word-of-mouth was everything these days because it’s actually not all about popularity on social media and I explained how helpful collaborations can be in boosting your audience. I warned them that you have to be so careful though; I’ve had to learn this with my blog. That you need to be mindful of who you collaborate with because as soon as you associate your name – or your blog’s name – with an organization then it can easily be assumed that you support everything they stand for too. And this is something I’ve recently had to contend with in the way I was treat by Northumbria Police and then the suicide at a Cygnet Healthcare hospital. I’ve had to consider distancing I’m NOT Disordered from the two organizations but came to the decision that I’d rather my reputation were about my loyalty than being affiliated with controversial organizations.










So, after a couple of collaborations with Cats Protection, I was honoured to be invited to their Tyneside Adoption Centre’s Easter event by their Customer Engagement Advisor Chris; who I worked with on our ’12 Cats of Christmas’ series last year. 
















This time though, I was pleased to be able to take along my good friend; Marty Baker from www.gumonmyshoe.com ! I mean, we got lost like… three million times and left late so we arrived just after eleven. When we first got there, there was already a few members of the public sat eating cake and wandering around the courtyard looking in at all of the cute cats!
Chris kindly offered to take us all on the tour that he’d given me, and he introduced Marty and I to a few of the cats…














As the Centre began to fill up with members of the public and more Cats Protection volunteers, we paused our tour to go and buy some bits from the stalls in the fayre before they all sold out! (I got Emmy two knitted catnip balls and she loves them!) Then we hit the cake table…








We finished off our tour of the Centre with a little look at the empty isolation area, the new admissions section and the vet suite…

I’m so proud to say that I work with Cats Protection – they’re an amazing organization and their Tyneside Adoption Centre does an incredible job and has The Most amazing staff! And I'm super excited to say that they raised an amazing £476.43 today!