Founded in 1970, the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (registered charity number 261096) became incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 2013 (company number 08015625) known as the Dr Hadwen Trust or the DHT. In 2017, we adopted the working name Animal Free Research UK.

The board of trustees meet four times a year and work with the Senior Management Team to inspire, set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values.  The trustees develop the strategy, and ensure compliance and accountability for financial, legal and regulatory obligations, including charity fundraising activities. 

Founded in 1970, the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (registered charity number 261096) became incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 2013 (company number 08015625) known as the Dr Hadwen Trust or the DHT. In 2017, we adopted the working name Animal Free Research UK.

Following incorporation, we became a registered charity (number 1146896) in England and Wales and Scotland (number SC045327).  

The objects of the charity are exactly as the original charitable trust: to fund and promote medical research that will replace the use of animals. 

Articles of Association

Trust Deed (1970)

Public Benefit Statement

Animal Free Research UK is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity.  We award grants to research scientist to implement existing techniques and develop new ones which are more human-relevant and will replace animal experiments. Only those projects with the highest scientific calibre and the best potential for the replacement of animals are awarded funding.

We have awarded grants to over 200 projects that include research into cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney, heart and liver disease, to name a few. Through this research and by supporting other cutting-edge, animal free, research methodologies, there will be significant advances for more human-relevant medical research, benefiting the public health and reducing animal suffering.

Best Practice

Animal Free Research UK is committed to adhering to codes of best practice and is an organisational member of the Institute of Fundraising and a member of the Fundraising Regulator.