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London Marathon 2018: Fran’s running for the hens

PUBLISHED: 08:57 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:57 16 April 2018

Fran Taffs and her rescue hen Gucci.

Fran Taffs and her rescue hen Gucci.


A charity worker from Northam is putting her money where her mouth is and running the London Marathon to help save hens from slaughter.

Fran Taffs, 28, will be running for the British Hen Welfare Trust – the charity she has worked at since 2016.

She spends her days managing the charity’s marketing but will be swapping her desk for 26.2 miles on the road come April 22.

Fran, who has two ex-battery hens of her own called Gucci and Olive, said: “I’ve been running regularly for many years, but never at this level.

“Training for a marathon is certainly an eye opener.

“Getting out at 8am to run 22 miles on a Sunday morning hasn’t been easy, but it’ll all be worth it when I cross the finish line knowing I’ve raised hundreds of pounds to help save more hens just like my own.”

The British Hen Welfare Trust was founded in 2005 and is based in Rose Ash in North Devon.

The charity saves more than 50,000 commercial hens from slaughter every year.

The hens the charity re-homes have been in cages laying eggs for supermarkets for up to 18 months, at which point they are usually sent to slaughter.

However the charity steps in and re-homes them as family pets, so they can live out their days in freedom.

To donate and help Fran reach her £1,000 fundraising target, visit

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