An honesty box selling eggs that gives 50% of its proceeds to charity has been forced to close after its contents and money box were stolen.

Liam Ellis, 11, and his 10-year-old sister Sophie from Co Laois set up the 'LS Eggs' initiative last year and have so far raised nearly €3,000 for the Laura Lynn Hospice.

Liam told RTÉ's News at One that they "didn't want to keep all the money" for themselves, so "decided to give it to charity".

Liam and Sophie leave the eggs in the honesty box near Capponellan Wood where people can purchase them.

A total of 23 boxes of eggs were stolen last weekend from the hatch, along with their money box.

Their mother Catriona said it was the fourth robbery, which has forced them to close the honesty box for the moment.

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"It's really disappointing alright. The kids put a lot of work in feeding and caring for their hens. They're just so disappointed," she said.

"We leave the eggs there and people just get them as they need. The kids deliver to neighbours also but they have over 100 hens so they had to get another way to sell them," Catriona added.

Catriona said they have reported the robbery to the gardaí.

"We do realise that it's just eggs but it’s still very important that it’s looked into."