By: Sam Bisby
Our dealership in Hull has presented AGE UK Hull with a brand new Suzuki Splash that will enable ‘The Bee Lady’ to continue her charitable work. The donation follows devastating floods which wiped out their existing transport, offices and equipment.
The floods which have devastated business and individuals across the city have severely impacted the work of the AGE UK Hull office. Due to be officially presented to Jean Bishop - otherwise known as ‘The Bee Lady’ - in early January, the donation is already enabling Jean and the rest of the team to continue their inspirational charity work.
In little over 14 years, the remarkable 91-year-old woman behind the bee costume has raised in excess of £100,000 for the charity. Now the mascot for AGE UK in Hull, what makes her achievements even more profound is the fact that she suffers from severe arthritis.
Far from going unnoticed, Jean was invited to take part in the 2012 Olympic torch relay and has also scooped a Pride of Britain Award for Fundraiser of the Year. The award was presented to her by Little Britain star David Walliams, who dressed as a bee for the occasion.
Pam Hall from AGE UK Hull commented: “We would personally like to thank both Russ Sorsby and Stoneacre for their generosity, it’s a significant donation and one that won’t go unnoticed. The car is already receiving overwhelming attention from onlookers who recognise the AGE UK logo, which Stoneacre have kindly had printed on the side”.
Pam added: “Stoneacre’s support along with the coming together of the community as a whole has been a true inspiration to the AGE UK team in Hull”.
Speaking of Stoneacre’s decision to get involved, Russ Sorsby, said: “When news of the AGE UK premises being flooded broke, I immediately knew we had to get involved. I have elderly relatives myself, as do our staff and customers, whether it be parents, grandparents or aunts and uncles. The work that AGE UK does is relied upon by many in the community; they do a remarkable job”.
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