Schoolgirl Millie Fraser, 14, wanted to make pin badges to support the fundraising appeal. After thinking up the idea while she was on her way to school, and with the help of her mum Kim, along with colleague Megan Needham, it quickly took off and became the Bee Strong, Bee Manchester appeal.
Millie Fraser, 14, with her homemade bee pin badges
E Petch printers in Stalybridge, where Millie’s dad Steven is graphic designer, donated all the packaging and artwork, while HPC laser in Elland produced the bees, with perspex donated by Perspex Distribution Ltd. KYD Products meanwhile, supplied pin backs.
They started out with a tiny batch of just 35 pins, made on Kim’s kitchen table in Mossley, which all immediately sold out.
As word about the bees spread, they were soon inundated with orders, and saw family, friends and volunteers rally around to help put the pins together by hand, to keep up with the incredible demand.
The pins cost £5 each, with all proceeds going to the appeal.
Organisations including mountain rescue teams, the fire service and Greater Manchester Police have been wearing the bees... now it's your turn!
The team from Total Fitness Whitefield with their 'Support Selfie' for the Bee Strong, Bee Manchester appeal