Triumph in tears for rescue cat Jessie and family after national award

Tracey Jessop-Thompson pictured with pet cat Jessie who was named Outstanding Rescue Cat for the comfort she brought after the sudden death of The Deepings School sixth-form student Lucy Jessop from a cardiac arrest in March 2015.  Photo by Georgina Mabee/Caters News.
Tracey Jessop-Thompson pictured with pet cat Jessie who was named Outstanding Rescue Cat for the comfort she brought after the sudden death of The Deepings School sixth-form student Lucy Jessop from a cardiac arrest in March 2015. Photo by Georgina Mabee/Caters News.
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A rescue cat who comforted the parents of a sixth-form student at The Deepings School who died suddenly last year has won a national award.

Tortoiseshell cat Jessie was named Outstanding Rescue Cat at The National Cat Awards in London for the support and companionship she has given to her owner Tracey Jessop-Thompson and her husband Stephen.

The couple’s daughter Lucy Jessop, of Northborough, near Market Deeping, was just 18 when she suffered a cardiac arrest while out jogging with a friend in February 2015, passing away in hospital five days later.

Jessie was rehomed by animal charity Cats Protection just a few months after Lucy’s death and she has gone on to give owners the strength to campaign for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Tracey said: “Jessie really has been such an incredible help to us because she has soothed me when the pain has felt too much to bear, made us smile during the darkest of days and been a constant presence in our lives.

“She’s a truly remarkable cat and I don’t know where we would be without her.”

Jessie really has been such an incredible help to us because she has made us smile during the darkest of days and been a constant presence in our lives

Tracey Jessop-Thompson of Northborough, near Market Deeping