A trio of dogs who became social media stars have helped raise a staggering £17,000 in three days to help children who lose a parent who served in the Armed Forces.

Keswick celebrity springer spaniels Max, Paddy and Harry, and owner Kerry Irving, started a campaign on Remembrance Sunday to raise money for Scotty's Little Soldiers, a national bereaved children's military charity.

Three days later they had inspired their fans to donate a five-figure sum, having become famous through their Facebook page in recent years and amassed 150,000 followers.

Kerry Irving, who lives in Keswick, set up the fundraiser to mark the birthday of his youngest companion, Harry. Kerry said: "For me, it was about giving something back – giving something back to those who sacrificed their lives to protect our country, and giving back to help support the children they sadly left behind, and Scotty’s was the perfect way to do that.”