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Two bald cats get MARRIED in bizarre ceremony – but for an important reason

This is the bizarre moment two hairless cats got married in a beer garden – and enjoyed a purrfect wedding reception.

Drinkers watched the unusual nuptials at The Windle pub in St Helens and after days of preparation the smitten kittens were finally told “you may now lick the bride.”

Marialaina Ashcroft arranged the event to fundraise for fiveyear-old Kaycee Turner, who suffers from a rare brain condition called Batten’s disease.

The 52-year-old is known locally as ‘crazy cat lady’ due to her close relationship with her eight cats,

Her two Sphynx cats Christie and Lily were given away by their beloved owner who organised and filmed the wedding.

Marialaina told ECHO: “Everyone in our community is aware of Kaycee’s condition and I just wanted to do something to help.”

Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft at home with her cats and the newly married couple Christie and Lilly.
Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft at home with her cats and the newly married couple Christie and Lilly.
(Image: Liverpool Echo)
Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft at home with her cats and the newly married couple Christie and Lilly
The 52-year-old is known locally as ‘crazy cat lady’
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Marialaina, of Hard Lane, is known to locals as the “crazy cat lady“ because of her eight cats.

She approached her local “pet friendly pub“ when she had the idea and they helped organise the whole thing to give the happy couple the wedding they deserve.

She said “My boyfriend and I would often take Christie to the pub with us and everyone adores him.

“He goes with me a lot of the time when I go out.”

The garden of the Windle pub was decorated for the special occasion
The garden of the Windle pub was decorated for the special occasion
Jess Docksey officiated the wedding for her friend, and owner of the cats, Marialaine Ashcroft
Jess Docksey officiated the wedding for her friend, and owner of the cats, Marialaine Ashcroft

Marialaine said she got the nickname “crazy cat lady“ due to having eight of the household pets.

“I have two Sphynx and six moggys and I adore every single one of them.

“Christie has the most character. He’s a naughty boy, he torments them all but he makes me laugh out loud every single day, he makes me so happy.”

“My two sphynx’s always get loads of attention when I take them out in their pram.”

She said: “I’m interested in photography and I’m always taking funny videos of them.”

Sphynx cats Christie and Lily were married at the Windle pub in St Helens
Sphynx cats Christie and Lily were married at the Windle pub in St Helens

Marialaina says her friends are always commenting on her love for her pets and have praised her for putting her own unique spin on traditional fundraising.

The wedding was organised to support five-year-old Kaycee Turner who suffers from a rare brain condition called Batten’s disease.

Her family travel with her every two weeks to Great Ormond Street Hospital in order for her to receive enzyme treatment that could prolong her life.

The bride and groom the newly married cats Lilly and Christie
Her two Sphynx cats Christie and Lily were given away by their beloved owner
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Marialaina said: “I didn’t raise as much money as I had hope but the look on Kaycee’s face when she saw the cats dressed up was completely worth it all.

“I’m glad they brought her as much joy as they bring me.”

Kaycee, from Sutton in St Helens, is no longer able to talk due to the condition and is currently undergoing enzyme treatment at Great Ormond Street hospital to increase her life expectancy.

Her family are currently travelling to London every two weeks for her to receive her treatment and the community have come together to help the family afford the trips.

Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft at home with her cats and the newly married couple Christie and Lilly
Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft at home with her cats and the newly married couple Christie and Lilly
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Marialaina said: “The Windle pub graciously let me use their back garden to host the wedding and we had face painters there to turn everyone into cats for the day.

“I just wanted to do something fun and a little bit different for Kaycee. She’s a wonderful little girl and she deserves all the help in the world.”

Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft at home with her cats and the newly married couple Christie and Lilly
Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft
(Image: Liverpool Echo)
Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft at home with her cats and the newly married couple Christie and Lilly
Cat woman of St Helens Maria Laina Ashcroft at home with her cats and the newly married couple Christie and Lilly
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Although Kaycee could not attend the entire day, she was able to make an appearance at the reception.

Marialaina said: “Her face was a picture and although we only raised £100, it was worth it to see that smile when she walked in.

“I would like to keep doing stuff to help raise funds for the family so any weird or wonderful ideas would be appreciated.”

You can find the JustGiving page for Kaycee here.

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