Hospice takes delivery of 50,000 bees to help raise money from sale of honey

Emma Shaw and Graham Battershill with the new hive. Picture: NORFOLK HOSPICE

Emma Shaw and Graham Battershill with the new hive. Picture: NORFOLK HOSPICE - Credit: Archant

It may not seem like a natural home for up to 50,000 honey bees.

But a hospice is now set to have an extra buzz around the fundraising for its end-of-life care by making money from the sale of honey.

Beekeeper Graham Battershill met Norfolk Hospice palliative rehabilitative assistant, Emma Shaw, at a fundraising event and asked if it had ever considered keeping bees, as he thought its grounds would make the perfect location with the hive facing out onto the surrounding fields.

The hospice team decided that it would be a great way to raise funds, whilst helping the environment.

Mr Battershill also secured a donation of £100 worth of beekeeping equipment from EH Thorne (Beehives), including a spare suit, which will allow interested patients and carers to observe the bees at work if they wish.

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Ms Shaw said: 'We have a patient who has been attending the circuit exercise to help him gain enough self-assurance motivation and exercise tolerance to re-establish his lost hobby of beekeeping.

'Now having a hive on site with Graham's help, we can encourage and support him further to meet his goal.'

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