THE man who's helped feed 100 hungry donkeys for the past decade is to be given a deserved send-off.

Les Bowers retires from the Peebles branch of Sainsbury's on Friday after 33 years of service - and 11 of them supporting the Borders Donkey Sanctuary.

Part of the soon-to-be-pensioner's workload each week within the store was to select and sort all out-of-date fruit, vegetables and bread.

And he would have it all parcelled up for the local Borders Donkey Sanctuary volunteers.

There are close to 200 hungry mouths to feed to the St Boswells sanctuary - including pigs, ponies, goats and poultry, as well as over 100 rescued donkeys.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury's told the Peeblesshire News: "It makes a big difference to the all the animals at the Sanctuary and helps Sainsbury's reduce the amount of waste going to landfill."

Les’s retirement is being marked by the volunteers with a custom-made card from Liz Hanson, as well as a gift and the services of a chauffeur for the day.