Who Are the ‘Hottest Vegans Over 50’ in the UK and Ireland?

For Immediate Release:

30 July 2019


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Finalists in New PETA Contest Will Battle for Top Honours and an Overnight Stay in the World’s First All-Vegan Luxury Hotel Suite  

London – After accepting entries from wise and wonderful vegans all over the British Isles, PETA has selected the 12 finalists in its inaugural 2019 UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Over 50 Competition, who are proving that there’s nothing more attractive than compassion. Photographs and biographies of all the finalists are available here.

The esteemed winner of the contest a twist on PETA’s popular Hottest Vegan competition will receive a complimentary one-night stay for two people in the world’s first all-vegan hotel suite, inside the five-star Hilton London Bankside Hotel.

“This competition celebrates the venerable vegans who are setting an example of compassion for younger generations to follow,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “All the finalists of PETA’s ‘Hottest Vegan Over 50’ Contest are living, breathing testaments to the vitality and joy that comes from vegan eating.”

This year’s finalists are Kinder Sandhu and Martin Bowes, both from Coventry; Julie Turner, from Essex; Megan Rix, from Bedford; Jane Feagan, from London; Louise Hird, from North Yorkshire; Joanne Buckingham, from Brighton; John Machin, from Cheshire; Mark Fairhead, from Norfolk; Jon Shepherd, from Nottinghamshire; Mike Olive, from Basingstoke; and Brian Sullivan, from Cork.

In addition to saving the lives of nearly 200 animals every year, people who go vegan could very well be extending their own lives, too, as vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity and are, on average, fitter and trimmer than meat-eaters are.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. The group offers a free vegan starter kit, available here, full of recipes, tips, and more.

This year’s winner will be chosen based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced by 12 August. See the full contest details here.

All the finalists are available for interviews. For more information and to vote in the contest, please visit PETA.org.uk.