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Double Award Success for British Hen Welfare Trust

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A hen charity which has saved more than 570,000 birds from slaughter is celebrating being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. The British Hen Welfare Trust is one of five charities to be shortlisted in the Small Charity, Big Achiever category in the Third Sector Awards. The winner will be announced on 21st September.

Further good news came when the charity found out it had also been shortlisted in the Charity of the Year (with an income of less than £1 million) category in the Charity Times Awards. The winner will be announced on 4th October.

Just to be shortlisted for these awards is recognition of not only the charity’s re-homing efforts but also its educational role and campaign work to improve veterinary treatment for hens. One example of this good work is featured in the forthcoming issue of Home Farmer where Francesca Taffs writes about the Trust’s work taking re-homed hens out into the real world as part of its out-reach programme. A new aspect of this is their schools pack and the visits volunteers make to individual schools to explain their work. Of equal importance, however, is putting the children close up with real-life hens, as many children will never have had this kind of hands-on contact with poultry before. The experience can help children – the people of the future, after all – to understand more about our relationship with the food we eat and the important issue of animal welfare which was the original motivation for the setting up of the Trust.

Charity founder, Jane Howorth MBE, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these awards, particularly as we are a small team of 10 here at Hen Central. We must also thank our hard-working volunteers across the country as, without them, we simply could not do what we do. Here’s hoping we scoop the awards in September and October! It’s all for the girls.”

To find out more about the British Hen Welfare Trust, and to re-home some hens of your own, simply visit, or call 01884 860084 for more information. The Trust would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved, whether in a volunteer capacity or a school looking to host a workshop. Email to find out more. There are a number of different resources which the Trust makes available; these include:

  • Six extensive curriculum-linked resource packs (free to download), supporting literacy, numeracy, science, SEAL (the social and emotional aspects of learning) and more.
  • Exciting workshops led by our trained learning volunteers and their hens – delivered to your school to support the curriculum while allowing pupils to get hands-on with some ex-battery hens.
  • A re-homing in school handbook – available to download to help your school plan and prepare to re-home its own ex-battery hens.

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About the Author:

Paul Melnyczuk is editor of Home Farmer, and together with Ruth Tott is the founder of the company. His Ukrainian father and Austrian mother came over in the 1950s, and he was raised near Accrington (of Stanley fame) in Lancashire. With a degree in European Literature and a year spent living in Sweden, and a further 2 years in the Sudan, his background is rich and varied.

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