SCORES of family and friends paid their last respects to a cat lover at her funeral on Friday (December 10).
The chapel at Hastings Crematorium was packed as people remembered Julie Child, who ran the charity Cat Call in Brightling Road and devoted her life to helping abandoned and sick cats.
Her coffin was decorated with photographs and pictures of cats and yew, holly and ivy were placed on top.
As her coffin was carried out by her brother-in-law and godsons, Elaine Page’s Memory from the musical Cats was played.
Miss Child’s sister Jillian said: “Julie’s funeral was wonderful and lots of beautiful poems about cats were read at the service.
“Julie’s great goddaughter, Sophie, sang Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
“The next day all the food from Julie’s wake was given to Mountfield’s village Christmas party for the children, which Julie would have loved.”
Miss Child died last month suddenly, aged 59, after suffering a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in the lung.
Following her sudden death Amanda Slatter, one of Cat Call’s volunteers, said Miss Child had been the ‘driving force’ behind the charity, saving hundreds of cats over the years.
Cat Call was begun in 1983 with the Lost and Found Cat Register, which grew into Feline Friends.
In 1991 the name was changed to Cat Call and it became a registered charity in 1994. It is staffed entirely by volunteers.
The charity is continuing its work and any help from the public would be appreciated, either practical or financial.
For more information call 01424 426563 or 01424 441860.