Rescue donkeys were treated to truckloads of carrots and parsnips.

Marks & Spencer Exebridges made a  donation to the Donkey Sanctuary.

The branch of M&S decided that, instead of letting sacks full of carrots and parsnips be wasted, they would donate them to charity’s animals.

Linda Noble, an administrator at M&S Exebridges who had the idea for this donation, said: "I couldn’t bear the thought of throwing all the veg away and I suddenly thought, ‘what do donkeys eat: carrots of course!’ So I called The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and asked if they could use the veg, which were nearing their sell by date."

The carrots were gratefully received by The Donkey Sanctuary’s farms in Sidmouth and Town Barton in Tedburn St Mary.

This is not the only donation that this branch of M&S has offered. The also donates produce to ‘Help Make a Difference’, a initiative which helps provide hampers for struggling families at Christmas time, and FORCE, which helps families affected by cancer.