TSB AWARD RECOGNISES THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK OF DOUGLAS HUNTER AND ALAN RICHARDS WHO HAVE TURNED 700 PENSIONERS INTO ‘HENSIONERS’
An initiative aimed at helping the elderly combat loneliness
and depression across Tyne and Wear with the use of chickens is to be
recognised by TSB at the inaugural Pride of the North-East awards event on 18
May at Newcastle Civic Centre.
The HenPower project, which sets up hen coops in care homes for residents to
look after the birds, was started in 2013 by Douglas Hunter in an effort to
bring older people together, reduce depression and improve their wellbeing.
Currently there are 700 pensioners looking after hens in 20
North East care homes. Members of the scheme, dubbed ‘hensioners’, have even
designed their own bespoke coops, have chosen rare breeds to buy and bid for
birds at auction.
Staff in care homes have reported a reduction in the use of
antipsychotic medication when the hens are present in the pensioners’ lives.
on the TSB Community Partner Award, Andy Armitage, Regional Branch Distribution
Director, said: “At TSB we’re all about supporting local causes that matter to
the communities they serve. What better way to celebrate such causes than at events
such as Pride of Britain, Pride of Birmingham and now Pride of the North-East –
where ordinary people are recognised for the extraordinary things they do to
help their communities thrive.
TSB Community Partner Award recognises the amazing work our Charity Partners
are doing to help communities in the North East and we feel HenPower is a very
deserving winner – such a simple, lovely idea, executed brilliantly and
genuinely helping bring a little bit of joy back in to the lives of the elderly
suffering from loneliness and depression.
is our first regional event in the North-East and I know, just like Pride of
Birmingham last month, it will be a very special evening.”
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