The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) 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 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. BHWT’s 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.

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.

“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.

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

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