Picture Gallery: Maxwell, 3, donates pet chickens to charity

A three-year-old boy has shown his kind heart by donating two of his favourite pets to a charity auction.

Maxwell Eagle insisted his modern game bantam pullets go to charity after hearing he would be helping to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance – or the 'rescue helicopter' as he puts it, which he had seen flying over the family farm in North Pickenham, near Swaffham.

The auction is being held at a spring dinner dance celebrating this year's Wayland Agricultural Show and the little chickens will be available to the highest bidder.

Maxwell's father, Fabian Eagle, is responsible for the Fur and Feather section of the show and holds a weekly poultry auction in Swaffham.

'I was going to donate two of my chickens, but when Maxwell found out who was going to benefit from the auction he wanted to do something as well,' Mr Eagle said.

'He insisted that we donate two of his bantams to help.

'Maxwell's so excited that he's doing his bit and is glad they'll be going to a new home where they can make someone else as happy as they've made him.'

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Maxwell's two-year old sister, Imogen, also has her own pets, but she prefers rabbits to chickens.

The Wayland Agricultural Show spring dinner dance takes place at Lynford Hall, Mundford, on Saturday.

Other items up for auction include a watercolour by Carl Donner of a golden pheasant at Sandringham, tea for two at the House of Lords with Baroness Shephard, and six tickets for the members enclosure at the Newmarket Races.

All proceeds from the night will go to help the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

?To bid on any of the prizes, email Charles Bowes at charles.bowes@eapigs.co.uk or call on 07721 409369. The show will be held on August 7 and full details can be found at www.waylandshow.com