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Last Updated: Saturday August 02 2008 11:29 GMT

Speedy the cat scoops top award

Speedy the cat

A cat that helps her owner from feeling lonely and gets help when she is poorly has been given a top award.

Speedy beat off 350 other entries to become the Cats Protection's Rescue Cat of 2008.

The two-year-old's owner, Christine, sometimes has fits and Speedy will go and get Christine's mum and dad if she needs help.

Speedy also stays with Christine, 19, at all times at her home in Suffolk, England, to keep her company.

Judge Brian Blessed, who's a famous actor, said: "Speedy's love and compassion and deep appreciation of Christine's difficulties is truly astonishing and should be duly rewarded."