A couple from East Sussex have been awarded the ‘hottest vegans’ in the UK and Ireland.

Mark Goodwin, 34, and Casey Rider, 22, have won the top honour in PETA’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2017.

According to organisers, the couple, who have been together for a year and a half, have been given the award for a combination of charm, physical fitness and compassion for animals.

They have each won an eight-course vegan taster menu at London restaurant Gauthier Soho.

Casey, a charity worker from Bexhill said:

“Veganism to me means compassion – compassion for everyone, whether they have feet, scales or feathers.

Casey Rider. Credit: Avant Commercial.

“Once I discovered veganism, I made a promise to myself that I would not stop sharing and educating people about veganism until every animal is free.”

Fitness instructor Mark, who is based in Eastbourne, added:

“I went vegan 100 per cent for the animals – overnight!

Mark Goodwin.

“I try to use my influence as a fitness coach to inform people that veganism is strong, healthy and ethical.”

Anyone wishing to find out more can visit PETA’s website here.