Gorgeous Genie crowned top cat at National Cat Awards

Gorgeous Genie crowned top cat at National Cat Awards
 Genie is a true hero for owner Evie Henderson ©Fabio de Paolo - PA wire

Genie is a true hero for owner Evie Henderson ©Fabio de Paolo - PA wire

It was handkerchiefs at the ready as beautiful rescue moggie, Genie, who has helped her 12-year old owner Evie battle an aggressive form of bone cancer, was named as the overall winner of the Cats Protection's National Cat Awards. 

At the ninth annual ceremony, which Yours was delighted to attend, the black-and-white puss was selected from dozens of amazing whiskered finalists for the incredible support and inspiration she's given to Evie Henderson, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in March 2016. 

 12 year old Evie, centre, with mum Tina, in white, and some of the celebrity judges who presented the award to her

12 year old Evie, centre, with mum Tina, in white, and some of the celebrity judges who presented the award to her

Evie, who lives with her parents Tina and Chris in Lincoln, has endured six gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, several painful operations and lengthy hospital stays far from home. 

But throughout it all, little Genie has been there as a constant friend and companion. In fact, Evie took great comfort from watching videos of Genie from her hospital bed and telling doctors she needed to get better so she could go home and see Genie. 

Evie said: "Even in the darkest moments, Genie comes in and I know I can talk to her about anything. She makes me so happy and brings me great comfort."

 Inspiring Evie, who is currently battling bone cancer

Inspiring Evie, who is currently battling bone cancer

Talking of Genie's win Evie said: "I'm utterly stunned. Genie deserves this so much."

Genie was one of many incredible cats who were celebrated at The National Cat Awards, held in the year of the 90th birthday of Cats Protection. Taking place at The Savoy Hotel in London, it was attended by a host of famous faces including Anita Dobson, Peter Egan and Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis.

Among the other purr-fectly heroic pusses was Pixie who alerted her sleeping owners that their toddler was choking in her cot, Mittens, who helps a young girl with autism cope with a serious medical condition, Spike who helps his own cope with a debilitating disease and Tilly, who's a great comfort to her owner who suffers with a condition that causes excruciating pain. 

A huge well done to all the inspiring, heroic cats and their amazing owners at the Awards - we think you're all the cat's whiskers!