Pussy galore;Diary

20th August 1999 at 01:00
FROM blood and thunder to something altogether more cuddly. Congratulations to Bodmin community college's special needs department. They may not have won a teachers' Oscar (did they even enter?) but they've gone one better. They've won a cats' Oscar.

Specifically, Mumsie the class moggie has won it, taking the "coveted" (it says here) Golden Arthur statuette as cat of the year at the "glittering" (ditto) annual ceremony held at BAFTA, home of the British film industry.

Mumsie was apparently found "wild and starving on a college compost heap six years ago." The special needs class took her in and built her a cathouse. Now, we learn, she has "repaid their kindness by forming a unique and loving bond with the children, helping them develop their social, interpersonal and communication skills".

The school gets a grand in cash. Mumsie gets a certain brand of cat food for a year. The prize was presented by Wendy Turner of TV's Pet Rescue. David Puttnam, eat your heart out.

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