Five-year-old swaps birthday cake for charity cash

Posted 4th July 2017 11:33am by

Whilst most birthdays are about fantastic presents and scrummy cake Regena Duffield chose to put an eggstra-special spin on her big day.

To celebrate her 5th birthday, instead of receiving gifts, Regena collected donations for the British Hen Welfare Trust and raised over £50 for the charity!

Her mother Louise told us: “Since 2013 we have re-homed hens from BHWT so hen keeping has been a big part of Regena’s life. For her birthday she wanted to give money to help ex-caged hens and make them happy so that is what we did!

“They make such wonderful pets and, not only do they help teach children about animal welfare, you know you’ve always got enough free range eggs to make an omelette!”

Regena and her family, based in Dawlish, re-homed Maisy (pictured) and her 5 lucky friends from the BHWT in South Zeal last November. They have become the big talking point of the seaside town and Regena’s friends regularly visit her and the flock.

Louise added: “Many parents and friends were so kind with their donations and we were so grateful to be able to help the charity.”

The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens and through its nationwide team of 450+ volunteers has found homes for more than 550,000 hens since hatching in 2005. As well as finding homes for hens, the charity also educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and eating habits.

If you’d like to adopt a hen you can do so in South Zeal on Saturday, 22 April and Sunday, 7 May. The charity will also be holding a hen collection in Rose Ash on Sunday, 30 April. All you need to do is register online at and then call 01884 860084 to book your girls.