Veganuary Founders Say Goodbye

It’s a fond farewell from us

After five years of running the campaign, Matthew and I have decided it’s time to hang up our Veganuary boots and step down from the charity.

It’s been an exciting time. We’re immensely proud of what the campaign’s achieved and the animals’ lives it will continue to spare. Watching the number of Veganuary participants more than double each year, and seeing the changing attitudes towards veganism, has been phenomenal.

We’ve had the honour of working with some of the most dedicated, compassionate, and wonderful people this world has to offer. And we are incredibly grateful to each one of you who has supported us as partners, as donors, and as dear friends.

Why are we leaving?

Our last full day off was Christmas Day. The intensity of our work for animals and the heartache it can bring has taken its toll on us. Like many others in the movement, our health has suffered and our personal relationships have been affected. Leaving Veganuary is one of the most difficult and sad decisions we’ve had to make.

We will be stepping back from all operational duties from today. And once suitable replacement trustees have been found, we will step down from the Veganuary board.

A bright future for Veganuary

We’re leaving Veganuary in the safe and capable hands of an exceptional team under the leadership of Simon Winch, our CEO. The charity is expanding at an exciting rate and is bigger and stronger than ever before. Veganuary is on target to reach a further 300,000 participants this year and is set to grow significantly outside of the UK.

What now?

We’ll step back from the vegan frontline for a while as we recharge our batteries. And we will return as more effective advocates for animals.

After we’ve packed away our laptops, had a digital detox, we’ll come back refreshed to serve the animals and our planet again with further campaigning opportunities later this year.

A huge heartfelt thanks to you all and please take care of yourselves and support one another.

Matthew and Jane x

Founders of Veganuary

Jane and Matthew with a cow

Follow the link to read Matthew’s thoughts on The Telegraph scandal

Ready to take the Veganuary pledge?

Veganuary is the world's largest vegan movement, inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year.