16 June 2024

Charities boosted by Lincoln the Tesco cat

by Rebecca Hannant

Hornsea’s most famous cat has helped raise more than £1,500 for two East Yorkshire charities.

Since 2020, Lincoln has found worldwide fame after regularly being spotted greeting customers at Hornsea Tesco.

A Facebook group was created where people could share photos and post stories about their encounters.

In late 2023, Lincoln’s owners released his own calendar containing 12 photos of his adventures.

The calendar was popular with locals and members of the Lincoln the Tesco Cat Facebook group, and proceeds were split between Hornsea Inshore Rescue and the Cats Protection Beverley and Pocklington branch.

His popularity also inspired artist Eileen Rounce, who decided to paint his portrait. The painting was donated to Lincoln’s owners, Lorraine and Kris Clarke, who set up a raffle to raise more money for the charities.

Eileen said: “I spent a lot of time at Hornsea, so I soon discovered Lincoln. I paint animals, so he was an ideal subject. I never expected such a fantastic response to the painting. I paint mainly in watercolour and have had numerous exhibitions. I’m only a hobby artist, but I do
sell my work. I think it’s great – Lincoln’s popularity has obviously fuelled interest in the charities through the painting.”

Hornsea resident Joan Finch was announced as the winner of the painting.

Lorraine said: “Kris and I would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who bought calendars and raffle tickets and to those who donated extra money. We will be contacting Hornsea Inshore Rescue and Cats Protection Beverley and Pocklington branch to arrange a cheque presentation.”

In total, Lincoln raised £1,620 – £1,220 from his calendars and donations, and £400 from raffle tickets.