INTERNATIONAL animal welfare charity Brooke has raised £2,000 thanks to donations from theatregoers during the Sunderland Empire Theatre leg of the War Horse UK tour.

The charity, which protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules around the world, has close ties to the War Horse story having been set up in 1934 to rescue the horses left behind in Egypt after World War 1.

Last year, Brooke’s year-long campaign, Every Horse Remembered, marked 100 years since the end of World War 1 and highlighted the eight million horses, donkeys and mules who lost their lives during the conflict.

Caroline Robertson, Brooke senior regional fundraising officer, said: “War Horse is a story which has close ties to the history of Brooke, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to spread awareness during this run of shows.

"Thank you to Brooke’s extremely passionate group of volunteers in Northern England for engaging with theatregoers and collecting vital donations towards making a real difference to the lives of hard working animals around the world.”

Throughout the performances last month, all 60 cast and crew members wore Brooke’s Every Horse Remembered pin badges on or inside their costumes.

To find out more about Brooke’s work, visit their website