Farewell to Sapphie the Tonbridge station cat

Pam Mills

A plaque will be put up at Tonbridge railway station in memory of Sapphie, the much-loved station cat.

The 10-year-old piebald cat has passed away after a lump was found in her stomach.

In an outpouring of generosity from commuters and residents alike, a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to treat Sapphie reached its target within eight hours.

Jonathon Wilson, a member of staff at the FCB coffee shop next door to the station, had set up the appeal on the GoFundMe website.

He said: ‘I have been given the news that the cat that calls the station home could potentially be very unwell and she may need surgery to make her better.’

The £260 required for Sapphie to undergo a scan and blood test was soon reached, but she died before she could be treated. The figure later rose to more than £500.

Part of the sum will now be put towards a plaque and the remainder will be donated to charities that fight against animal cruelty.

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