A gin company is raising money for its struggling local cats’ home by teaching people about cat-inspired cocktails they can make at home during the lockdown.
Like many other charities, York Gin’s local Cats Protection is struggling to raise cash during the coronavirus lockdown – all its fundraising events have been cancelled.
The Friday Night Gin Facebook Live show will teach people how to make four different cat-inspired gin cocktails – including several made with Old Tom gin. The live stream at facebook.com/yorkgin will also include a fun quiz about cats and gin.
The show on 17 April at 6pm is free to join and viewers are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to the charity. York Gin has already hosted two Facebook gin quizzes to raise funds for York’s St Leonard’s Hospice.
Cats and gin have been linked since the 18th century – and Old Tom is an increasingly popular type of gin today. York Gin Old Tom is one of the best gins in the world, having won several major international awards, including Best English Old Tom at the World Gin Awards in January 2020. York Gin created the gin with cat-loving Michelin-starred chef, Andrew Pern.
York is also home to a ‘Cat Trail’ – over 20 buildings in the city have cat statues on them.
York Cats Protection has seen its income hit with the coronavirus crisis. It hasn’t been able to re-home any of its current residents. And – unlike other charities – it’s not entitled to any government help. It’s currently closed.
Old Tom gins have frequently had cats drawn on their labels. And the York Gin label features a cat, known as ‘Rutterkin’.
Said York Gin co-founder and cat owner Emma Godivala: “We’ve run two quizzes so far during the lockdown at gin o’clock – Friday at 6 – that have proved really popular. People have said they’re the highlight of their week.
“And we’ve raised several hundred pounds for our wonderful local hospice, St Leonard’s.
“This week we thought we’d have a theme. Given how closely cats are associated with gin and York – we’ve decided to make it feline. So any cat and gin lovers will love it.
“Our presenters, the York Gin shop’s Susannah and Jo, both have cats so you may get to see them live on air.
York Cats Protection deputy manager at the Huntington Road Adoption Centre, Marsha Hudson, said: “Our income is really suffering like so many other charities so fun events like this can really help the cats in our care.”
Register to join Friday Night Gin on https://www.facebook.com/events/1077083626012346/