"Science is more than a body of knowledge, it is a way of thinking" — Carl Sagan


HWDI and its sister organisation in the USA, Hardie Wren Foundation (inactive until 2018), were created in 2016 to commemorate and celebrate the magical relationship between Allison Wren and David Hardie. These childhood sweethearts (they met when they were 14 and 13 respectively) lost touch in 1972, refound each other after 40 years and had 28 adventure-filled months together before David passed away from cancer in 2015.
David was a pilot and a songster. Alongside flying and playing the guitar, he had 3 other passions.
  • Learning and understanding how even a little knowledge makes for a better and safer life.
  • Addressing the many and severe social disparities in all countries.
  • Helping women and girls who make up the majority of the 1 billion of the world's population still living in poverty.
He participated in citizen science - scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. One of these was Nature's Calendar, a Woodlands Trust recording scheme for seasonal observations, www.naturescalendar.org.uk. Another was a distributed computing platform organised by CERN http://lhcathome.web.cern.ch HWDI was born as a result of the many discussions between Allison and David as they travelled across Mexico, USA and Canada in the months before he died.


ALLISON WREN, the founder of HWDI and HWF, has lived and worked in both the U.K. and USA in a career developing new pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She has been a Director of several NGOs and supported others , focusing on providing libraries and community centres in Southeast Asia www.readglobal.org and dermatological care and training centres with the International Foundation for Dermatology www.ifd.org. She and LESLEY BRADSHAW, a cousin, have been developing the aid strategy for HWDI. Lesley will bring her exceptional organisational skills to the smooth running of the NGO.