I also don't know what the issues were with Thorneywood but its probably better than where he is now.
This lady is definitely trying to help but she is an inexperienced new rescuer by the sounds of it.
She has 5 cats of her own, a dog, a 16 month old daughter, 3 kittens she is handrearing, a full time job and now a very wild persian causing havoc in her bathroom. Its far from ideal.
She wanted me to take the cat tonight but I have nowhere for him, she knows he needs help asap but if she can't find someone in the next few days then she will be releasing him into the "wild" again.
If Pauline is prepared to take him on and work with him this may be his best chance.
Please could you try contacting her, I don't know how to get hold of her.
This lady sounds really desperate hence my post.