A hen-lover has raised over £300 for three charities by holding a garden party at her home in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Part of the money raised by Catherine Murray will be used to support the re-homing and educational work carried out by the British Hen Welfare Trust.
Catherine, who has adopted ex-commercial hens from the BHWT since 2012, said: “We really believe in offering hens an opportunity to experience a more natural and just way of life where they’re not treated as commodities and we wanted to help where we could.
“The garden party was a huge success. We had cakes, tea, fruit punch and there were also games and a raffle. We even included a cream tea at a local organic farm as a prize!”
The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and also educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and eating habits.
“We’ve loved seeing them transform from weak, barely-feathered, timid creatures to big ginger girls enjoying the sunshine, dust bathing and expressing their natural behaviours at last,” added Catherine. “We’re glad to celebrate and support what the BHWT do.”
Anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance is urged to call the charity’s re-homing team at Hen Central on 01884 860084, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.