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Thousands of pounds donated to fund charity’s new rehoming van
BHWT's specially adapted rehoming vans are vital for rescuing and rehoming ex-commercial hens across the UK.

Appeal to fund vital equipment finds success

Tremendous support from the country’s chicken enthusiasts over the weekend led to the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) raising £20,000 to purchase a new van after the previous vehicle broke down unexpectedly.

For the past fifteen years, the charity has rescued and rehomed hens across the UK, finding free-range homes for almost 760,000 hens to date. Much of this was done using two large vans adapted to transport the hens, but in late January, one of these vans broke down, hindering the important rescue work that the charity carries out.

BHWT launched an urgent appeal on 12 February, with a message from founder Jane Howorth MBE explaining the situation:

“Our local mechanic confirmed our fears and we had to face the grim reality that our trusty van, which has helped us save so many girls over the years, has reached the end of its days,” she said.

“We are now in desperate need of a new van as we have 6,400 hens waiting to be collected from their cages before the end of this month. Without a van, we simply cannot continue our life-saving work.”

In order to purchase a new van that could be adapted to suit the charity’s unique specifications, BHWT needed to raise £20,000. An outpouring of support from followers led to the goal being met in less than four days. The charity updated the donation page with a statement reading: “We have now reached our target – thank you all so much for your support.”

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact