News Comedian Backs Hen Charity



Comedian backs hen charity
1st September 2021

By Karen Pickwick

Comedian Bob Mortimer has become a patron of the British Hen Welfare Trust.

Bob has been on the UK’s TV screens for more than 30 years, often alongside his comedy partner, Vic Reeves, but more recently in ‘Gone Fishing’ with Paul Whitehouse.

Last year, he and his wife, Lisa, designed the charity’s Christmas cards, with the first run selling out within 30 minutes.

Jane Howorth MBE, founder of the BHWT, said: “Bob already has a huge fan base, and rightly so, but now he also has our flock of human supporters and their feathered friends who are all thrilled he’s become part of the BHWT.”

Every year the BHWT saves more than 60,000 hens from slaughter and has saved over 847,000 hens since it was established in 2005.


Alongside its rehoming work, the charity is dedicated to educating consumers to help them make informed decisions when shopping. The BHWT also works with DEFRA and other agencies to develop best practice in commercial and hobbyist hen-keeping and supports veterinary and research programmes to improve pet hen health.

Bob Mortimer said: “We have had hens ourselves when our boys were younger and it was the first time I ever tasted a ‘real’ egg.

“Since then, I’ve learned more about the difference between free range and organic eggs, and I think the BHWT is a really worthwhile endeavour, so to be able to help them is a very nice thing.”

Bob joins the charity’s other patrons including Kate Humble, Jamie Oliver, Pam Ayres, Jimmy Doherty, Amanda Holden and the Duchess of Richmond.