A GENEROUS five-year-old has asked family and friends to donate to the British Hen Welfare Trust in South Zeal rather than give her birthday presents.
Whilst most children’s birthdays are about parties, presents and cake, Regena Duffield chose to put an eggstra-special spin on her big day.
To celebrate her fifth birthday, instead of receiving gifts, Regena collected donations for the British Hen Welfare Trust and raised over £50 for the charity.
Her mother Louise Duffield said: “Since 2013 we have re-homed hens from British Hen Welfare Trust and hen keeping has been a big part of Regena’s life. For her birthday she wanted to give money to help ex-caged hens and make them happy so that is what we did!
‘They make such wonderful pets and, not only do they help teach children about animal welfare, you know you’ve always got enough free range eggs to make an omelette!’
Regena and her family re-homed a hen called Maisy and five other hens last November.
The hens become the big talking point of her family and Regena’s friends regularly visit her and the flock.
Louise added: ‘Many parents and friends were so kind with their donations and we were so grateful to be able to help the charity.’
The British Hen Welfare Trust is well-known for its pioneering work in re-homing commercial laying hens.Through its nation-wide team of more than 450 volunteers has found homes for more than 550,000 hens since hatching in 2005.
As well as finding homes for hens, the charity also educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and eating habits.
If you’d like to adopt a hen you can do so in South Zeal on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, May 7.
The charity will also be holding a hen collection in Rose Ash on Sunday, April 23. All you need to do is register online at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084 to book.