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BVNA confirms donation to British Hen Welfare Trust
BVNA President Sam Morgan pictured in 2015 with Gaynor Davies, head of operations at the BHWT.
Organisation thanks everyone involved

The BVNA has raised over £3,000 for its Chosen Charity of the Year, ‘The British Hen Welfare Trust’.

Confirming the news on its website, the BVNA said the donation is the sum of £3,552.18 and was collected through various BVNA events, including regional raffles, donations and competitions.

In May, BVNA president Sam Morgan braved a 120ft abseil from the Affinity Tower, Harlow, and a large duck and paper dog was auctioned-off at the Congress dinner dance.

Thanking everyone involved in helping to raise the money, the BVNA write:

'It will certainly help the British Hen Welfare Trust as they have just had a planning application to build the UK’s first dedicated welfare and education centre at their base in Devon’.

Now in its 11th year, The British Hen Welfare Trust was set up to educate the public about laying hen welfare. Best known for its re-homing initiative, the charity has found pet homes for over 547,000 commercial laying hens destined for slaughter since being established.

BVNA’s Chosen Charity for 2016-2017 is the Daphne Shipman Benevolent Fund, which supports BVNA members and their families who are in need, hardship or distress.

The charity was founded in loving memory of Daphne Shipman - the chief steward for BVNA during Congress over many years - who sadly lost her battle with cancer in June 1999. 

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Giraffe Conservation Foundation named BVNA’s charity of the year

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 BVNA president Wendy Nevins has named The Giraffe Conservation Foundation as the association’s charity of the year for 2017/2018.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation dedicates its work to a sustainable future for wild giraffe populations. Wendy Nevins said: ‘I have chosen the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for the BVNA Charity of the Year because I have always thought Giraffes were magnificent animals.

‘I also think it is important that we look at the wider issue of conservation and education across all species.’  

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