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Train station cat releases charity song for Christmas
All proceeds go to RSPCA and Stevenage homelessness charity Feed Up Warm Up.
Nala the Station Cat’s ‘Meow’ was played on Radio 2.

A cat from Stevenage is hoping for the coveted ‘Christmas No. 1’ slot following the release of her debut charity single ‘Meow’.

Nala, known on social media as ‘Nala the Station Cat’, is already a local celebrity at Stevenage railway station, where she greets commuters as they pass through the station.

However the four-year-old ginger tabby is now receiving national attention after her new song was played on Scott Mills’ BBC Radio 2 show this week.

‘Meow’ was produced by musician Danny Kirsch, who wrote the single with Joe Killington. Nala is also credited as the vocalist and songwriter behind the track.

All proceeds from the song are to be donated to the RSPCA, as well as Stevenage homelessness charity Feed Up Warm Up.

It received its first play on BBC Three Counties Radio on Sunday, before its official release on Wednesday. The music video, which has been filmed on location at Stevenage railway station, is set to be released before Christmas.

The song has already received critical acclaim, with Radio 2 DJ Scott Mills declaring it "quite good" on his afternoon show. Nala and her owner, Natasha Ambler, will be hoping it can challenge fellow charity musicians LadBaby’s five-year streak for the Christmas number one spot.

Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio DJ Justin Dealey, Ms Ambler said: "We'll start small and hopefully she gets in the charts, but number one would be fantastic".

Nala the Station Cat was unavailable to comment.

You can listen to ‘Meow’ here.

Image © TikTok/The Adventures of Nala

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.