Local 'legend' Jean raises money for charity at Asda Kingswood

A big thank you to the ‘Bee Lady’ Jean Bishop who visited our Kingswood store in Hull this weekend to chat to customers and colleagues and raise money for Age UK.

Jean with colleagues Geoff Brown and Jon Tabiner

The amazing 95-year-old volunteer, who’s famous for dressing up in her bee costume, has raised £120,000 for the charity over 20 years – and this year she’s hoping to raise a further £95,000 to mark her 95th year.

We were delighted to welcome Jean into our Kingswood store for a day of fundraising with our customers and colleagues.

Geoff Brown, the store’s community champion, said: “What an amazing lady – she’s a legend in Hull who raises smiles as well as money. We were delighted to have her come into the store to fundraise and on behalf of the store I’d like to say thanks to everyone who made a donation.”

Jean with Kingswood colleagues

Pam Hall, business manager at Age UK Hull, joined Jean on the day and said: "It was a lovely day; Jean really enjoyed herself and we raised a lot of money thanks to the very generous customers and colleagues.

“All of the colleagues were very, very kind, particularly Geoff who went above and beyond for us.”

Pam said Jean’s fundraising efforts for the charity’s Hull branch started 20 years ago.

She said: “I can’t remember exactly how it happened, but I think Jean’s daughter had an idea to make her a fancy dress costume so she would stand out when she was fundraising. It ended up being a bee costume and it’s become her trademark!”

To recognise her years of fantastic fundraising work, councillors in the city recently voted to give Jean the freedom of Hull.

This is the highest honour the council can award and Jean will receive it at a special ceremony next month.

She was also named Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2013.

We hope to see her in the store again soon!

Posted in Community on 18 August 2017