More than £500 has been raised for two animal charities in Carlisle following the death of a beloved local cat. 

Will, who was a prominent fixture at Will Nixon & Sons Pet Shop on Bank Street, sadly passed away aged 16 on Tuesday, March 26. 

The black and white feline was a permanent fixture on the street and regularly interacted with strangers passing by.

Local artist Megan Rae, of Bank Street business Focus Ink, designed a print to pay tribute to Will following his passing.

The prints were priced at £5 each, and all 100 were sold, with some generous donations thrown in, meaning a total of £570 was raised, to be shared between Oak Tree Animals Charity and Cats Protection.

Employees Jill Baxter and Lois Brierley commented: "Will was a shop cat but he belonged to everybody. He was basically a therapy cat, so many people greeted him in the shop or on the benches outside.

"He left a legacy, and we still have people coming in to say that they miss him."

The shop is owned by Ian Nixon, and managed by his daughter Robyn Nixon and has been a staple of Bank Street for 81 years now.