TWO young brothers from Prestonpans have raised more than £500 for East Lothian Animal Rescue and Advice.

Brothers Jude, seven, and Saul, five, were inspired by their love of nature and wildlife.

The youngsters walked three and a half miles from Morrison’s Haven near Prestonpans to Seton Sands Holiday Park on May 15 to raise funds for animal rescue in East Lothian.

Their proud mum Nadene was delighted to say that her sons raised £580 for the East Lothian Animal Rescue and Advice (ELARA) organisation.

ELARA ranger Scott Ironside met the boys at the end of their walk to present them with two gold medals for being wildlife champions.

He said: “We are deeply moved by Jude and Saul’s efforts in raising funds for our rescue work.

“I am pleased that through my classes on nature and wildlife, our young people are discovering their own enthusiasm for the great outdoors.

“We love the work we do at ELARA and our commitment to conservation and the environment is strengthened by the actions of young wildlife champions like Jude and Saul – their money will go towards saving the lives of many animals.”

ELARA was set up to help wildlife in the local area and advise the local community about animal conservation.

A spokesperson for ELARA said: “Jude and Saul are little superstars and we cannot thank them enough.

“Fundraising is a really important part of what we do as an animal rescue and advice service; we could not do it without the local community, who have all been brilliant since we started.

“It’s not all about the money either but raising awareness that we are here to help.”

ELARA joined the One Voice for Animals UK database last year, which was set up to support UK-based animal rescues and sanctuaries during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

The charity will be running an online auction from July 10 to 18 to raise funds.