Two free-range hens© John Eveson/FLPA/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

A Devon-based poultry charity is holding the first British Hen Welfare Day to help it raise funds.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) in South Molton, re-homes laying hens and hopes the charity day on 23 September will become an annual event.

The charity has collection points across the UK and has re-homed 500,000 hens with the help of 450 volunteers.

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The 2016’s day will also act as the launch of an appeal towards building a flagship re-homing unit that will double up as an education centre.

Planning permission has already been submitted and the total cost is expected to be about £200,000.

As a way of mobilising support, people are being asked to get involved by holding a “Free Range Friday” and inviting their friends and family to eat cake in exchange for a donation.

Charity founder, Jane Howorth, said: “This year has already seen the British Hen Welfare Trust achieve some truly wonderful things, from re-homing our 500,000th hen to carrying on making strides in improving the lives of commercial hens.

To take part and order a free pack which will include stickers, posters, invites, balloons and information email