A champion of battery hens, a remarkable doctor and a school inspector are named in the Queen’s New Year’s list

The founder of a hen rescue charity is one of three North Devon people named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Jane Howorth has been awarded an MBE for an lifetime of work rehoming battery hens and saving them from salughter.

The annual honours also saw a CBE go to Professor Christopher Bulstrode from Barnstaple for services to humanitarian medicine, plus an OBE to High Bickington schools inspector Evelynne Berger for services to education.

Jane, 55, was inspired aged 19 by a Panorama programme highlighting the plight of battery hens, starting one woman and van rescue operation.

In 2005 she set up the British Hen Welfare Trust and this year the charity expects to reach the half million mark and rehome its 500,000th hen.

She said she was thrilled to receive an MBE and it was ‘for the girls’: “I can’t recall hearing of anybody collecting an award for chickens and I feel I am putting them on the map,” she told the Gazette.

“This is a collective award – there’s no way the charity could have achieved what it has if it wasn’t for my fabulous staff and our almost 500-strong team of volunteers.”

Orthopaedic surgeon Professor Bulstrode also has a remarkable story. He is a Professor of Green Templeton College, Oxford and a volunteer with Doctors of the World.

For the past 30 years he has helped out at disaster zones around the world. When aged 56 he volunteered for the Territorial Army and was deployed to Afghanistan, serving several months in the war zone.

He also treated injured people in Gaza and was in Haiti to help out after the 2010 earthquake.