North Manchester bee project aims to create buzz

Bee comp
North Manchester bee project aims to create buzz
03 March 2020

North Manchester General Hospital has launched a competition to celebrate being gifted a 2ft bee sculpture.

The plaster bee is based on the ‘Bee in the City’ trail. Thousands of people discovered more than 230 bees all over Manchester as part of the trial which culminated in a charity auction. North Manchester General Hospital is proud to have a mini bee which it now wants the community to inspire its design through a colouring competition.

Simon Featherstone, Director of Nursing and Chief Officer of the Crumpsall-based hospital, said: “We are lucky enough to have been given a bee. This is a big deal for us. We had a bee as part of the trail. This was something that was developed by Henshaw’s, brought to North Manchester and stayed here a while as part of the trail until it went to its forever home at the eye hospital.

“We enjoyed hosting the bee and, recognising how popular the bee was when it was at the hospital, the people at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning helped us secure a plain bee, which we are thrilled about.

“The bee was unveiled at our Celebrate North Manchester event which marked 150 years of being in the community, celebrating our community connections and place within the community. Now, we are really excited to be going out to the community to ask them for their ideas so we can put these into the final design. We’re hoping the competition will be enjoyed by all and that the final product will be something spectacular.”

The competition is open to staff, patients, their families and the wider community. There are no categories or criteria. Some of the ideas put forward as suggestions including thinking about what makes you proud of the NHS or representing something to do with health or being healthy. Participants are being told they have a blank canvas to come up with a creative design that will be unique to North Manchester General Hospital.

A deadline has been set of entries being in before midnight on the 30th April. Two bee designs are available to download and print from North Manchester General Hospital’s website. One is a replica of the bee, the other is a simpler design. Both are acceptable to enter the competition – only one template and design will be accepted per person. Click here for full terms and conditions.

A panel of judges will pick the winning design or designs which will go on to inspire the final decoration of the bee sculpture later in the year.

Winners will need to agree to be involved in promotional activity around the bee which will include being named and having their photo taken.

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning handed over the bee sculpture to North Manchester. MHCC is a partnership between Manchester City Council and NHS Manchester CCG.

The Bee in the City auction held in 2018 raised more than £1 million for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity to improve the lives and life chances of Manchester people. Find out more about the ‘Bee in the City trail’ https://beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/

Download the bee design and enter the competition:

Design 1 (replica)

Design 2

To view the poster for the competition - click here. 

Email NorthMcr.Comms@pat.nhs.uk for more or see twitter via @NorthMcrCO_NHS #beeproudNMGH