Bee badges raise £5043.32 for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity

Bee badges raise £5043.32 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity

Following the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 Alison and Lucy Forshaw, leaders at 9th Eccles Brownies, created the Girlguiding Greater Manchester West bee badge as a way for everyone to show their support.

The badges were amazing in how they brought people together. We have had messages of support from all over the world from people buying badges. One leader in America said ‘one of my girls used to live near Manchester, plus her parents raise bees so we are planning a bee related activity. This gorgeous badge will be perfect and it supports a good cause.’

The bee badge is also being worn with pride on the uniforms of the bereavement nurses, known as the Swan Care Team, at Salford Royal Hospital and hospitals in the Northern Care Alliance. Our relationship with the nurses began over three years ago with the Comfort Bag Scheme. Girlguiding units all over North West England now supply hospital’s with a bag which contains toiletries for relatives who need to stay overnight in hospital unexpectedly. Rachael Sullivan, Bereavement Nurse, Salford Royal Hospital said: ‘I wear my bee badge with pride, let’s keep up the good work.’

Alison, her team, and 9th Eccles Brownies have worked tirelessly selling the badges and then fundraising to raise every penny they could for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Grace Griffin, aged 10 from 9th Eccles Brownies, said: “I am very proud of the bee badge it represents Manchester and how we are trying to help families”.

6000 badges were sold all over England and as far away as America and Australia. On Tuesday 22 January 9th Eccles Brownies held a very special evening, with guests including the Swan Care Team, to present a cheque for £5043.32 to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity where many of the young people injured in the attack were taken. Donna O’Reilly, Senior Community Fundraising Officer at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “The fact the bee badges have reached as far as Australia and America is incredible – knowing people all across the globe are supporting our charity is very moving. The bee is a lovely symbol to use for a badge and very relevant to the Manchester Arena attack. We are so pleased that 9th Eccles Brownies have been able to raise this fantastic amount. Every brownie involved in the fundraising should be very proud of themselves.”

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