Torbay funeral director Sarah Lockton has become a volunteer ambassador to honour the service of animals in war and support animals in need through War Horse Memorial.

Despite Covid-19 restrictions Sarah, who is funeral director at Torbay and District Funeral Service in Torquay, has been supporting the organisation by selling purple poppy pin badges in nine funeral homes across the English Riviera, which are worn to remember animals who have fallen victim to war.

Alan Carr, co-founder of War Horse Memorial, said: “Sarah has a natural empathy with people who need her support at the most difficult of times, and her caring nature is extended to the welfare of animals.

“She understands the significant financial implications animal welfare charities are facing due to falling donations and the cancellation of public fundraising events. We are lucky to have her on board.”

Sarah began her career as a funeral operative and bearer and soon became a funeral arranger. She then trained as a funeral director and joined Torbay and District Funeral Service in 2013.

Sarah and Mark Carr, also funeral director at Torbay and District, help each other create window displays and arrange events in support of charities like War Horse Memorial.

Sarah said: “I came across the purple poppy pins a couple of years ago and quickly realised not many people are aware support is needed for thousands of animals still used in combat.

“Thousands of horses were loaded into trains at Paignton station just a mile from our branch during World War One.

“I am a huge animal lover and helping this wonderful charity raise awareness as an ambassador is nothing short of an amazing opportunity.”

Sarah enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and ensuring every funeral meets the highest standards for families by always carrying them out with the deepest respect and dignity.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures around the world.