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
Tender Education and Arts
Campaigning & Advocacy
Campaign for Better Transport
Freedom from Torture
Solace Women’s Aid
Children & Youth
Lightyear Foundation and Flamingo Chicks
My Life My Choice
Education & Training
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
Sreepur Village Bangladesh
Social Care, Advice & Support