THE OWNERS of Penarth's Hamptons shop have donated much needed blankets, towels and more than £500 to an animal rescue charity.

Andy Bradshaw and Peter Knowles, of Hamptons Penarth, recently visited their chosen charity, Many Tears Animal Rescue Centre in West Wales, taking with them much needed donations of blankets and towels from their generous customers.

They also took the proceeds from the 5p charge for their carrier bags plus customers donations. This brings the total raised by Hamptons customers to £3170.

Peter Knowles, who thanked all their customers for helping to raise more than £3,000, said: "Many Tears Animal Rescue is a charity very close to our hearts. Our current three Westies; Millie, Georgie and Daisy - and our previous Westie Roxy - have all come to us from this wonderful centre.

"Many Tears Animal Rescue mainly take in ex-breeding dogs and last day at the pound dogs. They neuter, worm, microchip and inoculate all the dogs and with the help of fosterers across the UK they socialise, train and love them until forever homes are found. “Together with the fantastic support from our customers we’re delighted to help.”

He added: "On our most recent visit to the rescue centre we met one of the three puppies currently under investigation with a heart specialist. Surgery could physically mend their hearts - but obviously the operations cost, and so Many Tears have set up a Broken Heart Fund for them. "We've asked that our latest cheque for £545 be put into the Broken Heart Fund and we'll continue to take donations for this worthwhile cause.

"Thank you so much to all of our wonderful customers who never cease to amaze us with their generosity and kindness. They make such a difference to these delightful dogs."

If anyone can help, in any way at all, they should visit the Many Tears website