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A huge feather in their cap!
29th November 2018

By Karen Pickwick

L-R: Gaynor Davies, head of operations; Jane Howorth, founder; Lydia Bright; Francesca Mapp, marketing and communications officer; and Yvonne Brunotte, BHWT fundraiser

A charity that has found homes for more than 670,000 laying hens has been named the JustGiving Charity of the Year.

The British Hen Welfare Trust, based at Rose Ash, Devon, was one of three shortlisted charities that received the most public nominations and was crowned the overall winner at an awards ceremony in London.

There are 25,788 charities registered with JustGiving and a whopping 45,000 nominations were received within the Charity of the Year category, with the BHWT receiving the lion’s share.

Jane Howorth, Founder of the charity, was on hand at the ceremony to collect the award, which was presented by Lydia Bright, who faound fame in TV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’.


Jane said: “Nobody was more amazed than me when our name was read out as winner of the Charity of the Year award. To be recognised by the UK’s biggest fundraising platform, and to have received so many nominations from the public, is awesome in the truest sense of the word. It’s a testament to our staff, volunteers and supporters that we are achieving such success. Thanks must also go to JustGiving, who have been so warm and welcoming to us from the moment we were shortlisted.

“Of course, this is all in the name of hen welfare. To say we are re-homing 68,000 hens this year alone may sound monumental but, for me, it’s about the individual hens. That’s 68,000 lives saved, and those girls are going to raise so much awareness to improve life for all the hens left behind.”

Keith Williams, general manager, UK & Ireland at JustGiving, said: “We are delighted and honoured to announce the British Hen Welfare Trust as the JustGiving ‘Charity of the Year’, for their commitment to raising awareness of hen welfare and support for the British egg industry.”

The charity was established in 2005 by Jane Howorth, and is Britain’s first registered charity for re-homing laying hens.  It has collection points across the UK and is helped by more than 800 volunteers.