British Hen Welfare Day

Posted 8th August 2016 09:00am by

British Hen Welfare DayTogether we can help make hens happier

A HEN charity in North Devon is putting on a new national event to help raise funds to transform its work.

The British Hen Welfare Trust will be holding the world’s first British Hen Welfare Day on Friday, 23 September.

The charity hopes BHWD will become an annual event, and 2016’s day will act as the launch of a fundraising appeal towards building a flagship re-homing and education centre at its base near South Molton, known as Hen Central.

A planning application has been submitted to build the centre, and it will cost around £200,000.

Once in place, it will serve as a purpose built re-homing centre but will also double up as a space for holding educational talks, training and much more.

As a way of mobilising support, people are being asked to get involved on 23 September by holding a Free Range Friday and inviting their friends and family to eat cake in exchange for a donation towards our re-homing centre.

Staff at Hen Central will be getting involved by baking cakes and bringing them in to the office and there will also be something a little eggstra special happening on the day – details of which will be revealed in due course.

Charity founder, Jane Howorth, said: “This year has already seen the British Hen Welfare Trust achieve some truly wonderful things, from re-homing our 500,000th hen to carrying on making strides in improving the lives of commercial hens.

“This year we are also looking to build our first flagship re-homing and education centre at Hen Central in North Devon. But to do that we need the help of our wonderful supporters, and we believe that together you can all help us towards our goal.

“So whether it’s inside or out, hot or cold and whether you’ve got 50 people attending or five, get the cakes in, get the kettle boiled and get eating!”

Anyone can take part, and all they have to do is get in touch with us to order their free pack which will include stickers, posters, invites, balloons and all the information they’ll need. Email for more information.

“By supporting the first ever British Hen Welfare Day you will be playing a huge part in improving hen welfare, which is what everything we do comes back to,” added Jane. “Together we can help make hens happier.”