Friday 17 April 2020

Dr Alasdair Bruce is acting Chair of East Devon Beekeepers Association ( EDBKA ). He says just before the lockdown for corona virus he needed hospital treatment.

"Just before the world entered into global disarray, I had to undergo some minor treatment at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital, where I received the most amazingly excellent care. So, it occurred to me that with the added pressures and stress the staff there are now under, a small gesture from a grateful member of the beekeeping world may be of use."

This then blossomed into a bigger idea of the branch to offer a larger amount of honey for the staff to enjoy.

"So, with the backing of the EDBKA committee to raid the apiary supplies, I asked the hospital if a donation of honey for the staff would be useful .....back came a resounding YES!" 

Dr Bruce and his wife ordered special labels and spent Easter Monday morning jarring up and labelling over 130 jars of honey for the staff. 

"We handed them over on Tuesday 14th April to Debbie, a very grateful hospital charity co-ordinator. It’s a small gesture in a dire situation, but EDBKA will hopefully bring a little bit of joy to our wonderful NHS staff."