A couple grieving the loss their dog have pledged to run the Reigate Half Marathon in her memory.

Heather and Matt Bray from Horley, whose adopted dog Milly died three weeks ago, are raising money for Epsom Canine Rescue.

Milly was a border collie cross who lived a long and happy life, getting sick suddenly at the age of about 15.

The couple hope to raise £1,502.18, which represents the date Milly passed away on February 15.

Heather said: "Milly was incredibly complicated and since she came into our life in 2009, everything has been built around her.

"2018 is now stretching out ahead with an emptiness we never expected and never wanted.

"It feels like a good use of all that dog-walking time to train for something meaningful.

"Although pretty fit, neither of us are runners - with a sum total of 6 runs between us ever - this is going to be a big challenge."

Heather and Matt adopted Milly, formerly Amelia, in October 2009 and quickly formed a very deep bond with her.

Formed in 1995, Epsom Canine Rescue relies solely on donations to keep running.

The charity rescues and rehomes of unwanted and stray dogs, undertaking neutering, vaccinating and micro-chipping prior to finding them a new home.

The run is on September 16, 2018.

Heather and Matt have currently raised more than £300; to donate visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/heather-and-matt