Cat-astrophe avoided as Thames Reach rescues George Osborne's moggy
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Osborne's cat Freya
A financial crisis has been averted after homelessness charity Thames Reach rescued Chancellor George Osborne's cat.
The street rescue operation found Freya (photo) in distress on the streets of Vauxhall on Monday night. The operation was revealed late Tuesday, possibly on the grounds of national security.
Kate Jones, an outreach worker with Thames Reach’s London Street Rescue service, took the frightened Freya home with her and identified the cat’s owner through a name and address tag on her collar.
The friendly Freya spent the night on Kate’s pillow before being taken to Downing Street on Tuesday.
"I have a lot of experience in helping homeless people off of the street and last year my organisation Thames Reach helped over 1,000 rough sleepers escape a life of rough sleeping," Kate said. "I’m not so used to working with homeless cats but when we saw Freya we realised how distressed she was, we did the only right thing possible and helped her get off the streets too.
"Freya is a gorgeous cat and just like the people we work with deserved some help in getting home."
Thames Reach is one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities. It runs street outreach services helping people sleeping rough escape homelessness, a variety of supported housing projects and hostels, and schemes which prevent homelessness and help people develop new skills, re-engage with family and friends, and get back into work.
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