Our patrons

We are extremely lucky to have the support of these well respected patrons: Dr Brian May CBE, Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley OBE, David Shepherd CBE and Peter Egan who all share a few brief thoughts below. 

Brian MayBrian May CBE

“I am proud to support the Dr Hadwen Trust, working to secure a future in which no animal will be abused in the name of science. The charity demonstrates that medical progress can actually be enhanced by the elimination of inapposite research using animals. By pledging your support, you could help the DHT fund even more projects into human health-related research which will benefit all of us, as well as replacing the use of animals in experiments.”


Judi with creditDame Judi Dench

As a supporter of humane research for several years, Dame Judi Dench was keen to strengthen this commitment by becoming our Patron.

She commented:
"Whilst medical research is essential in finding new ways of treating diseases and alleviating human suffering, charities such as the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research show that it is possible to carry out research without the need for animal testing.  In this modern world, new scientific approaches can and do make a real difference and I urge people to give their support to the Dr Hadwen Trust to achieve even more medical advancements without costing animal lives."

Joanna LumleyJoanna Lumley OBE

Throughout a high-profile career that has made her one of the most valued and loved personalities in UK entertainment, Joanna Lumley OBE has tirelessly championed many animal causes and has been a patron of the Dr Hadwen Trust for over twenty years.

She commented:
“I am very proud to be a Patron of the Dr Hadwen Trust. The Trust’s practical common sense approach means that we no longer have to choose between human health and animal wellbeing. That’s why I share the Dr Hadwen Trust’s ideals and urge everyone who cares about people and animals to join with me in supporting the Dr Hadwen Trust.”

David Shepherd with creditDavid Shepherd CBE

David Shepherd CBE FRSA is a renowned British artist who has campaigned for many years on conservation issues and wildlife protection.  He is a keen supporter of the Trust.

He commented:
“As a wildlife artist who owes all his success to the animals he paints, and consequently a deeply committed conservationist, I sometimes think that there is no limit to the depths to which man’s depravity descends. Nevertheless, one is encouraged beyond measure by the knowledge that organisations such as the Dr Hadwen Trust, of which I have the honour to be a Patron, are doing such marvellous work to educate us into showing deeper compassion to our fellow creatures.

Peter EganPeter Egan

"Very pleased to have been introduced to this great charity. Please join me and help them - stop the cruelty."






Celebrity Support

Ricky Gervais

Medical progress is hugely important in finding treatments for human illnesses and diseases but I don’t believe that research should be carried out at the expense of animals. With alternative techniques becoming increasingly available, charities such as the Dr Hadwen Trust show that scientific advancements can be made without causing animal suffering.  Why not lend them your support!


Rory Bremner

If you’re appalled by the continued use of animals in medical experiments, why not help to fund and champion the alternative? The Dr Hadwen Trust is showing all the time how much can be done without resorting to cruelty- with your help they can do even more.





Jenny Seagrove with creditGood luck with your efforts to end the use of animals in medical research - an outmoded practice that has been shown to be unreliable in terms of  the human safety it is meant to be protecting and awful in the suffering it causes to the animals involved.  There are so many alternatives for research now that protect both humans and animals, and it is time that they became the norm, for all of our sakes.


Tim-Pigott-Smith-cropped-with-creditAs an animal loving nation, most people would agree that animals such as dogs, cats, mice and guinea pigs belong in our homes not in laboratories. Cruel and unnecessary animal experiments should play no part in a humanitarian society. With new techniques being developed all the time, surely, we do not need to create suffering in order to achieve progress.



Shauna Lowry

Congratulations on your 40th anniversary, keep up the good work and best of luck for the future.


Wendy Turner Webster and Gary WebsterWe are proud to support the work of the Dr Hadwen Trust and are constantly astonished and humbled by their groundbreaking work. Vivisection is immoral and unnecessary and the human race's ability to inflict such pain upon its fellow creatures is something that we want no part of.


Annette Crosbie

Since we have on-going evidence that human beings cannot be trusted to behave with decency and compassion, whatever the regulations might be, and need constant, rigorous scrutiny by CCTV, which should be checked by an independent authority, the sensible solution is provided by the Dr Hadwen Trust.


Sir Patrick Moore

I strongly support the Dr Hadwen Trust and we should surely have come too far to tolerate cruel experiments on animals. Let us hope that before long practices of this sort will be outlawed.




Benjamin Zephaniah

As soon as I heard about the Dr Hadwen Trust I knew that these were people I wanted to be associated with. The work they do has always been important for anyone who cares about human and animal welfare. They've been doing this for forty years, and I will support them for as long as it takes for people to understand that there is another, humane way to do science. So we go forward into the future with its new challenges, and its new viruses, where we will need supporters, new voices, and even new cash. So please join us, and help in whatever way you can, because we can make progress humanely.  Increase De Peace.


Carol Royle

It's not always easy to feel positive about how things are proceeding, and yet one must remember that they are changing, that people are starting to become aware that the big questions cannot be answered by the continuation of vivisection; that it is only through the continued work of organisations like The Dr. Hadwen Trust that alternatives will finally be the norm. All change takes time; one has to break with traditions and thinking, and most importantly, one has to break through the mentality that it is alright to perpetuate traditions which are fundamentally there for commercial ends and not for the benefit of mankind - difficult! Like so many areas, now evolved, liberated and emancipated, it takes a few to put the wheels in motion, but once they are turning, they do not stop - it just takes time, and persistence, and courage. One day the minority opinion will have won, animals will be free, humans will benefit, and, as Schopenhauer once said, the final stage is that the changes will be accepted as self-evident.


Brook JohnsonAs science develops, so too should ethics. It’s great to see an organisation which helps to prevent pain and suffering in humans without causing pain and suffering to animals. Excellent work Dr Hadwen Trust.


Chrissie HyndeIf people realised that in the UK it’s still perfectly legal for monkeys to be deliberately brain damaged, for dogs to be force fed poisons or for guinea-pigs to be infected with disease and left to die a slow and painful death, they would be appalled – I know I am. It’s all the more shocking because I know it’s totally unnecessary and not even good science. Charities like the DHT are dedicated to funding vital medical research to help humans that doesn’t harm a single animal, and I applaud their efforts. It’s just not enough to say we don’t like animals to suffer if we don’t do anything about it. So make a pledge to support science without suffering so that both animals and humans can benefit from cruelty-free research.



Fiona PhillipsLike most people, I have friends and family who have been affected by serious illness, so medical research to alleviate suffering is vitally important to me. However, I simply don’t believe that animal experiments are the most effective way forward. I have no doubt that researching illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer or diabetes using sophisticated, high-tech, modern non-animal techniques already offers us better quality science. For the sake of human health and animal welfare we should commit to an animal-testing free future. That’s why I fully support the Dr Hadwen Trust and Science Without Suffering, because it reminds us that replacing animal experiments is not only scientifically possible but also morally desirable.

If we did to our pets what is done to animals in the laboratory, we would face prosecution for animal cruelty. What millions of dogs, rabbits, monkeys and mice suffer in the name of science is heart-breaking and I believe we have a moral responsibility to end their suffering. I also think we have a moral responsibility to ourselves to properly fund and support the most relevant and reliable medical research and that means non-animal techniques.


Dr Jane GoodallI wholeheartedly support the Dr Hadwen Trust’s research into new ways to treat terrible human illnesses such as cancer, because no animal experimentation is involved. This approach, showing compassion for both humans and animals is surely the way to go.





Martin ShawWith a little careful thought it should be clear that the end never justifies the means. So many of our current problems stem from a misunderstanding of this. If alternatives exist to animal abuse and cruelty, we are diminished and degraded by failing to use them.



Mel CWhen the Dr Hadwen Trust told me that laboratory animals like monkeys, dogs and rabbits are still enduring extreme suffering in British laboratories, I was shocked. I believe in treating other animals with compassion and kindness, and so that’s why I support medical research without animal testing. The Dr Hadwen Trust shows us that we don’t have to hurt animals to research illnesses like Parkinson’s disease, cancer or AIDS because there are so many better non-animal techniques available now. Supporting ‘Science Without Suffering’ means everybody wins – animals are saved from pain and distress whilst people benefit from more modern research methods that are already saving lives.




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