Bee Kind Bee good Bee Strong Bee Manchester
Last Monday in the early hours of the morning I flew from Manchester with my family to Croatia; a quick 4 night break for us all for my son’s Birthday. Tuesday morning, 23rd May, we awoke to the tragic news of the senseless suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande gig in the Manchester Arena. Whilst this didn’t spoil our holiday I did pick up my phone more than I had intended to do so I could read more stories coming out of this about the positive side to such a tragedy involving so many young people.
I read about the taxi drivers ferrying stranded people home, the hotels and locals offering hot meals and warm beds, Sikh temples opening their doors to offer food and shelter to those stranded, our wonderful NHS and Emergency Services and all the long queues to donate blood. I also saw how important social media became keeping us all connected to these stories showing us the side to such an atrocity that the media does not report on. It showed us the best side; how a strong community comes together to help.
This reminded me of how I felt with all the offers of help at Heart Gallery after Hebden Bridge was flooded on Boxing Day 2015 and how everyone gave me the strength to get through and stitch the gallery back together again.
Watching everything from afar made me want to do something to help but I didn’t know what that could be. Then it came to me, the worker bee proudly symbolises Manchester’s past but also depicts a positive, unifying and brilliantly Mancunian response to the events of Monday night. So from Croatia I messaged Pippa who works part time at Heart Gallery when she is not busy with her own creative business. I knew she would be able to create a papercut piece of a worker bee that we could sell to raise funds. It was done the very same day and she shared it on her social media pages. Pippa will now be heading to The Egg Factory this week to print versions of the worker bee to sell as well.
The print will be a two colour print with a yellow border and the bee printed in black and the background will be white.
More details to follow my friends but we hope you will help us raise funds for the charity we have chosen to benefit from the sales of Pippa’s work. After much soul searching we chose to help Child Action North West after hearing that their counsellors had been overwhelmed by referrals from children and teenagers and no counselling service of this type has previously been available through them. They want to set up Terrorist Trauma Counselling so with our help all those affected by this tragedy will receive beneficial counselling to avoid long term impact on their lives. Please be part of this fundraising campaign with us so that rapid counselling support is available in the future.
Alison and Pippa x