A local hero who provided endless joy to children and adults from a Hillingdon pet sanctuary is to be remembered on Wednesday (April 25).

Stan Atkins, who built and ran Pet's Corner for four decades, passed away in late March, just months after he was forced to close the sanctuary for health reasons.

The community has been invited to attend Stan's funeral and wake, to celebrate the 40 years he spent at his sanctuary in Pole Hill Park, Hillingdon.

A Facebook group commemorating Stan, titled In Memory of Stan - RIP Stan , has attracted over 300 members since he passed away.

A funeral procession will start at Stan's home in Petworth Gardens at 2pm and head to Breakspear Crematorium in Ruislip for 3pm.

Mourners are then invited to the Scout Hut in Petworth Gardens, next to Pet's Corner, to celebrate the extraordinary life of this local legend.

Volunteers helped Stan out at Pets Corner but could not prevent its closure

The organisers of Stan's funeral plan to release Chinese lanterns in order to light up the sky in memory of Stan.

Former park keeper Mr Atkins set up Pets Corner as a shelter for those moving into high rise accommodation in the borough who could no longer keep their cats and dogs with them.

His popularity in the community was highlighted after a plea to keep the sanctuary open gained an overwhelming response .

A Facebook Group titled "Friends of Pets Corner, Hillingdon" was set up in 2016 with an accompanying crowdfunding page to return Pets Corner to its former glory .

Sadly, the farm closed its doors for good in November last year , with all its pets taken to Nathan's Farm in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.