TV star Carley Stenson leads calls to help animal charity

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WIGAN West End star Carley Stenson is asking people to paws for thought to raise money for an animal charity.

The former Hollyoaks actress is one of several household names to take part in the Celebrity Paws auction to highlight the work of leading feline welfare organisation, Cat’s Protection.

Carley has drawn around her hand, decorated it and signed the artwork, which will be auctioned online on eBay from today to raise vital funds for Cats Protection.

And the Billinge singer is not the only celebrity to leave a paw print.

Dermot O’Leary, Strictly’s Flavia Cacace, Dame Judi Dench and stars from Downton Abbey and Emmerdale have also put pen to paper.

Carley, who has had lead roles in Legally Blonde and Shrek, said: “I have been connected to Cats Protection for quite a while and if anyone gets in touch with me to help out any animal or person who is less fortunate I will always try to support them.

“I thought the paw print was a really cute idea and I am so passionate about animals and so I thought if I could make a difference, I will.

“It took me no time to do and it was really fun.”

The Celebrity Paws auction was due to start at midday today and will run for 10 days until midday on November 30.

Cats Protection spokesman Louise Waters, said: “This is the eighth year we have hosted our Celebrity Paws auction.

“Over the years it has attracted fantastic support from famous cat lovers - from Prime Ministers and artists to award-winning actors and TV favourites, and we expect this year to be just as popular.

“Each paw is signed by the celebrity and is completely authentic. As with previous years, we expect these unique artworks will really get people bidding and raise some vital funds for unwanted cats and kittens.”

The auction is being run through eBay and interested bidders are invited to log on view the full list of paw prints available at www.cats.org.uk/celebrity-paws from the day of the auction.