Catfest makes welcome return to raise cash for cancer charities

Julian O’Dell’s fundraising event has raised over £200,000 over the years and is named after his wife Cat whose 12-year cancer journey ended last year.

Catfest takes place in rural Bedfordshire

Catfest is back! Estate agency trainer and consultant Julian O’Dell is hosting his extraordinary annual fundraiser event on Saturday August 19 in rural Bedfordshire (main picture).

Catfest is named after Julian’s wife Cat whose 12-year cancer journey finally ended last year.


Over the years the event has raised over £200,000 for cancer charities and has been supported by many of O’Dell’s estate agency client firms and industry suppliers including Kerfuffle; Agency Express; Rightmove; Drivers & Norris; Abbey New Homes; Manning Stainton; Moneypenny; Kingshill Estate Agents; Peter Clarke; Anthony Pepe; Property Personnel and The Depositary amongst others.

Julian O'Dell and his wife Cat, pictured in 2019 catfest
Julian O’Dell and his wife Cat, pictured in 2019.

O’Dell says: “As a family, we are slowly moving forward day by day after losing Cat in October.

She was the best estate agent I ever worked alongside by a country mile.”

“She was my soul mate for 36 years. She was also the best estate agent I ever worked alongside by a country mile and the driving force in Thomas Morris for over 20 years.

“Lots of our female staff saw her as a role model given her success as a woman in something of a male-dominated environment.

“Catfest was something of which she was fiercely proud and we are running it again in August as a tribute to her. I know she will be there in spirit.”


Every penny raised at Catfest goes to Action Against Cancer, a small charity which funds crucial research into causes and cures for the disease.

Although the even sold out in March you can still support Catfest by providing raffle prizes or auction items.

To buy raffle tickets or simply make a donation by emailing Julian or call 07718 634 235.

Catfest festival goers
Catfest festival goers pictured at the event in 2020.

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