A Deakin & Francis Bumble Bee Lapel Pin was one of many bee inspired charity auction gifts which raised £15,000 for two charities – Bees Abroad and Bees for Development at event hosted by Martha Kearney.
Deakin & Francis were proud to support the event held at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private 12 acre garden, by donating a bumble bee lapel pin to be included in the charity auction.
Official news release from the event.
1st July 2014.
Broadcasters swarm to bee event – Jeremy Paxman speaks honeyed words post Newsnight.
The world of broadcasting is turning into a hive of beekeepers. At a charity event this week at Lambeth Palace, BBC beekeepers Martha Kearney, Bill Turnbull and James Naughtie were joined by Jeremy Paxman and Tom Bradby who both revealed a secret desire to keep bees themselves. As Jeremy said:
“I am not yet a beekeeper. I would like to be. I aspire to be. I have not passed the test yet.”
Martha Kearney, presenter of Radio 4’s World at One, hosted the exclusive bee garden party, which was a total sell out.
Two hundred guests savoured honey themed food, mead and honey beer while listening to live jazz music on a glorious sunny evening in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private 12 acre garden. Avid beekeeper Bill Turnbull, clutching a painting he’d won in the grand auction, said:
“It’s the best garden party I have ever been to. Martha Kearney is a phenomenon. This is such an excellent cause.”
More than £15,000 was raised for two charities – Bees Abroad and Bees for Development – which help people in the developing world make a sustainable living from beekeeping.
Visitors, including chef Yotam Ottolenghi, International Development Secretary Justine Greening, Arts Council Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette and Business Secretary Vince Cable, were able to explore the beautiful grounds, including the Archbishop’s apiary and to study honey bees in an observation hive supplied by the palace Beekeeper.
Prizes in the auction ranged from honey beauty products, bee friendly seeds, bee related jewellery to a full beekeeping veil. Jeremy Paxman was delighted to find he’d outbid all comers for a hamper of honey jars and lauded the humble honey bee.
The sentiments were no surprise to Martha, presenter of The Wonder of Bees and Hive Alive. She is passionate about bees, their role in lifting families from poverty in developing countries and their role in sustaining the planet and all life thereon! As she said on the evening:“What could possibly unite Jeremy Paxman, Ottolenghi, Tom Bradby, Justine Greening, Bill Turnbull, Vince Cable and thirty thousand buzzing insects? A love of bees of course. It was great to celebrate Apis Mellifera and to raise money for two fantastic charities.”
More details on the BeeAid website
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