A seven-year-old charity supporter has single-handedly raised £1,000 to help save ex-commercial hens from slaughter.
Evie Walker, from Truro, is one of the British Hen Welfare Trust’s youngest fundraisers and has been supporting the charity ever since she adopted eight hens of her own 18 months ago.
Evie started her fundraising by setting up an Egg Club which involved selling her hens’ surplus eggs to raise funds for the BHWT.
Her mum, Sarah Walker, said: “Evie loved counting the money she raised from the sale of the eggs and would send it to the BHWT every time she hit her mini target of £50. Evie decided she wanted to do more for the charity and set about thinking of ways to do this.”
Sarah said Evie had always been creative and loves craft activities, so they had ordered some wooden hens for her to paint and hang around the house.
Evie gave her first painted hen to her grandad who in return gave her £20 for her Egg Club pot. She then made a few more and sold them to other family members, but Evie was keen to raise more and set herself a target of £50.
Sarah set her up with a Facebook and JustGiving page called Evie’s Pretty Little Hens, hoping a few friends would support her and help Evie reach her target.
Sarah continued: “One morning when I went to the chicken house to let out Evie’s hens, I discovered that one of her beloved hens, Pippa, had passed away in the night. Evie was distraught but we had a little chat and Evie was inspired to make some special edition hens to celebrate Pippa’s life. She limited the amount to just 10.
“Each hen was mounted on a blue wooden heart and each hen was a different rainbow colour to mark Pippa’s passing to the Rainbow Bridge. Evie raised over £100 from the sale of her “Pippa hearts” and she was pleased that Pippa’s passing had directly helped other hens.”
Sarah said when Evie saw her fundraising total grow it inspired her to raise even more. Demand was so high that Evie spent her Sunday evenings painting the hens and choosing their embellishments which her mum glued on before sending off to customers.
Evie has now raise £1,000 for the charity which will help save hundreds of hens from slaughter.