South Molton charity which rehomes ex-battery hens has received extra funding from Galaxy Hot Chocolate.

A South Molton charity which rehomes ex-battery hens has received a £300 boost from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund.

The British Hen Welfare Trust saves 60,000 hens from slaughter each year by finding them caring homes through its 29 regional centres.

The charity has more than 300 volunteers and 50 farmers around the UK that take part in the national re-homing initiative.

Elaine Jay, group chairman, said: "This donation from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund couldn't have come at a better time.

"January is usually a very quiet month for re-homing hens.

"However this year we have received a huge demand and will be finding homes for a total of 3,000 hens over the month.

"This donation will help us to cover the costs of food and bedding as the hens are transported from the farms to their new homes."

Galaxy Hot Chocolate is looking to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland by donating cash awards to support warm hearted people and projects.

Spokeswoman Michelle Frost said: "We know that across the UK and Ireland smaller charities and groups struggle to make ends meet despite the efforts of a huge number of warm hearted volunteers."

Open for entries until February 23, the fund will distribute five £300 awards to deserving recipients every week. Applications to the fund can be made by visiting: www.galaxyhotchocolate.com.