When Millie Fraser, a Year 9 student from West Yorkshire in the UK, wanted to raise money in support of the victims of the recent Manchester bombing, she had the idea of making pin badges in the shape of a worker bee – one of the best-known symbols of the city of Manchester.

With the help of her school’s art teacher, 30 badges were laser-cut in Perspex® acrylic and sold within an hour of being made.

Bee Strong, Bee Manchester pin badges

Bee Strong, Bee Manchester pin badges

HPC Laser lend a hand

As many more requests for badges came in, Millie’s mum Kim contacted local businesses for help and a local laser cutting machine supplier, HPC Laser, quickly offered to produce a new batch of 5,000 yellow Perspex® acrylic bee shapes. With the help of family and friends, this second batch of badges was put on sale shortly after and, at the time of writing, almost all bees have been sold raising over £15,000 for the Manchester Red Cross appeal.

As the campaign continues to gather momentum on social media, Kim tells us that a dedicated team of 40 family and friends are helping to produce more badges to keep up with the extraordinary demand.

Manchester bees show strength in numbers

The bee badges are now being distributed by over 40 local businesses including high street chains and the emergency services for a donation of £5 or more. Perspex Distribution Limited has happily supplied more yellow Perspex® acrylic to the campaign as the team tries to keep up with demand. The aim is to double the fund raising total in the near future.

Please visit their Facebook campaign page, Bee Strong Bee Manchester, which will continue to be updated with their latest campaign news and badge distribution points.