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Charity Awards shortlist

The BHWT shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2023 

The British Hen Welfare Trust is delighted to announce that it has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector. 

The charity, which rehomes ex-commercial laying hens across the UK, has been shortlisted in the Animals and the Environment category for its Improving Pet Hen Health project, which aims to improve veterinary treatment for pet hens not just in the UK but globally.  

The Charity Awards, which announces its shortlist today (3 May), is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.   

The BHWT’s Improving Pet Hen Health initiative is significantly improving outcomes for poorly hens by facilitating pioneering research and disseminating health information to vets and pet owners. Our Massive Open Online Course launched in May 2022 reached 2,000+ participants from 49 countries. A significant collaborative second project launches this year.  

Jane Howorth MBE, founder of the BHWT, said: “To be shortlisted for such a prestigious award in recognition of the years of hard work put into this project is a huge achievement in itself. We work tirelessly to put laying hens on the map and this raises even more awareness of the wonderful creatures they are.” 

The 10 category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 7 June, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.  

The evening will be hosted by broadcaster and commentator Ayesha Hazarika, who will be joined on the night by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities. 

Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated the British Hen Welfare Trust on making the highly-coveted shortlist. He said: 

“The external environment in which the sector is operating has seldom been more challenging, yet charities continue to inspire us with their imagination, ambition and professionalism. 

“Everything that we do at Civil Society Media aims to help charities be more effective, and for the last 22 years the Charity Awards has highlighted and honoured the sector’s great work. All the charities on this year’s shortlist have scored highly against our six Hallmarks of Excellence, and ought to be immensely proud of their achievements.  

“I wish the British Hen Welfare Trust the very best of luck on the night.” 

Peter Hugh Smith, chief executive at CCLA, Overall Partner of the Charity Awards, said: 

“Given everything that charities have been through over the last few years, it is vitally important that we continue to promote their endeavours and celebrate excellence in charity management and leadership. This is why CCLA is proud to be the Charity Awards’ Overall Partner again this year – so we can play our part in highlighting the fantastic work of charities large and small, right across the UK. 

“The British Hen Welfare Trust fully deserves its place on the shortlist and we wish their team the very best of luck.” 

The Shortlist 2023: 

Animals & the Environment 

British Hen Welfare Trust 

CPRE, the countryside charity 

The Rivers Trust 

Arts, Culture & Heritage 

Raw Material  


Tender Education and Arts 

Campaigning & Advocacy 

Campaign for Better Transport 

Freedom from Torture 

Solace Women’s Aid 

Children & Youth 

Kumon Y’all 

Safer London 

Sister System 



Lightyear Foundation and Flamingo Chicks 

My Life My Choice 

Education & Training 

Diverse Cymru 

South West Grid for Learning 

Support Through Court 

Grantmaking & Funding  



Winner, the Preston Road Women’s Centre 

Healthcare & Medical Research 

The Fishermen’s Mission 

St David’s Hospice Care 


International Aid & Development 

Hospices of Hope 

Our Sansar 

Sreepur Village Bangladesh 

Social Care, Advice & Support 

Affordable Justice  

Islington Mind 


Notes to Editors

The British Hen Welfare Trust [BHWT] has been rescuing hens from slaughter and rehoming them throughout the United Kingdom since 2005. Working closely with leaders in the egg industry, the BHWT designed and developed the original rehoming model, and has rehomed over 900,000 hens to date.

In addition to it’s rehoming efforts, the BHWT works closely with government agencies and veterinary institutions to develop programmes and practices to improve hen welfare. The BHWT has also developed an education programme providing resources to schools to help pupils explore food, farming and animal welfare. Additionally, the BHWT is researching and developing a Hens as Therapy programme to assist those suffering with mental health.

The BHWT provides online information and expert guidance for pet hen keepers and offers a hen helpline for advice on caring for sick birds.