Chapel move gives Hen Welfare Trust more room to spread its wings.

A NORTH Devon-based national charity set up to re-home commercial laying hens has found a new home itself after outgrowing its original premises.

The British Hen Welfare Trust has relocated to an office on the outskirts of South Molton, having operated from a small barn conversion in Chulmleigh for the last seven years.

The charity, which also educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare, and encourages support for the British egg industry, has moved to a converted chapel, at Rose Ash, aptly named 'Hope Chapel'.

The building can accommodate up to 16 staff, including nine permanent staff, as well as additional part-time workers, and volunteers who help out with office based tasks.

The charity's founder, Jane Howorth, said: "The move wasn't a decision we took lightly, but those of you who visited the charity's former base in Chulmleigh will know that our offices were full to bursting and we have been desperate for more space for some time.

"The property had been on the market for over a year as it is classified for commercial use only and the charity was therefore able to negotiate a favourable purchase price.

"The growth of the British Hen Welfare Trust has been phenomenal; we have re-homed more than 300,000 commercial laying hens to UK homes across the country and we simply need more space to allow the charity to continue to grow and develop in a more effective and efficient way."

To find out more about the work of the charity, telephone 01884 860084 or visit www.bhwt.org.uk