Northumberland residents are being sought to join a 'life-saving team' for a charity expecting to welcome its one-millionth hen this year.

The British Hen Welfare Trust is looking for a new host site after the retirement of Gateshead's hosts, Richard and Marianne.

Head of operations, Gaynor Davies, said: "We’re looking for someone with a property that would lend itself to becoming an ideal rehoming site and who is willing to commit to 8-10 weekends each year."

Ideal facilities include a secure building with electricity, a water supply, parking for six or more vehicles, plus storage and good road access.

Ms Davies said: “Ideally if you live in Northumberland or surrounding areas and would like to know more about what’s involved, we’d love a no obligation chicken chat with you!

"Just think of the feelgood fact you’ll get from saving hundreds of feathery lives every year – there’s nothing quite like it!"

Anyone interested should email or visit to apply.