On Saturday 8th August, Team Bobites celebrated International Cat Day by walking, running and cycling in memory of Streetcat Bob to support The Big Issue Foundation and Blue Cross.
Bob, immortalised in the book and film A Streetcat Named Bob, sadly passed away in June of this year after a life well spent alongside his companion James Bowen. James and Bob met while James sold the Big Issue in Covent Garden; when James came to the aid of an injured and abandoned Bob, the two became inseparable. Through the success of the book and film, fans of James and Bob united across the world and formed the Bobites, described as “an international group of friends, almost family”. United in their love of Streetcat Bob, the Bobites have raised thousands of pounds to support Big Issue vendors, often walking The Big Night Walk in the presence Bob himself.
Due to the global pandemic, the Bobites found themselves unable to meet up and share their memories of their favourite feline. They turned their energy to fundraising, raising over £2,300 for The Big Issue Foundation and Blue Cross, and writing loving tributes online;
“Bob was no ordinary cat, he not only saved James, he brought together thousands of people worldwide who’ve developed strong friendships and who have become family, he raised awareness of issues and charities that need help and brought happiness into so many lives.”