FUNDS HAVE been raised for a cat-owner after she wanted to cremate her recently passed-away pet.

Smudge, an eight-month old black and white kitten, was found dead in a car park days after she first went missing.

Hazel Hughes, aged 35, had been searching for her pet for days, posting missing signs on Facebook and in her local area.

This is when Danielle, aged 34, of Earley, Reading, saw the post for missing cat.

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After hearing the sad news that Smudge had passed, Danielle decided to start a fundraiser on Facebook to help Hazel pay "to lay Smudge to rest in a dignified way."

The fundraiser, aiming to achieve £150, managed to overshoot it's original target by £54 - of which both strangers decided to donate the excess to the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre.

Danielle said: "I don’t know the owner, I just wanted to help her as I have a cat myself whose well known in the area and can’t imagine her loss."

Owner Hazel Hughes, of Lower Earley, Reading, said: "I am overwhelmed and touched for words from all the amazing messages, support, kindness, positivity and the generosity I have received from my community.

"Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me."