Compassionate Downton star Peter backs Hitchin charity’s work

Actor Peter Egan is supporting the Dr Hawden Trust

Actor Peter Egan is supporting the Dr Hawden Trust - Credit: Archant

Downton Abbey star Peter Egan is the latest celebrity to back the work of Hitchin-based charity the Dr Hadwen Trust.

Downton Abbey star Peter Egan is the latest celebrity to back the work of Hitchin-based charity the Dr Hadwen Trust.

Peter, best known for his role in hit 1980s sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles, is also an animal rights advocate who is vice-president of the League Against Cruel Sports and a patron of Compassion in World Farming.

He’s also backing the work of the Portmill Lane-based organisation which is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity, which boasts Joanna Lumley as a patron and a string of other high-profile supporters.

He said: “More than four million animals are used annually in medical research in the UK. I find this number shocking not least because, as I understand it, much of this research may have little relevance to humans.

“I am particularly enthusiastic about the work of the Trust because they are developing a practical solution to this problem by funding research which replaces animals. Not only that, but the research they are funding is more relevant to the human condition.”

Find out more at www.drhadwentrust.org.