People who knew animal rights campaigner Rena Collins have been invited to her funeral.

Rena died on Boxing Day at the age of 79 after dedicating more than 30 years of her life to good causes.

She was a well-known character in Kemp Town, Brighton, where she lived alone in Dorset Gardens.

Rena developed a passion for animal rights in the Eighties.

She was an organiser of the Brighton Animal Aid group and was involved in demonstrations against Brighton's Dolphinarium, a farm breeding calves for veal in Storrington and a monkey farm in Small Dole, near Henfield.

In 1996, Rena set up a counselling service to help people cope with the death of a pet. Pet Grief was set up after her own cat Foxy died aged 13.

The funeral service is being held at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Kemp Town, Brighton, on January 16, at 9am, followed by a private burial.