During the week beginning Sunday December 11, the BBC Radio 4 Appeal will be presented by Bill Turnbull on behalf of Bees for Development. Bill stepped back from presenting BBC Breakfast earlier this year, mentioning his desire “to spend more time beekeeping!” He now presents his own weekend radio show on Classic FM. Bill has kept bees for over twenty years, and is the self-styled ‘bad beekeeper’, recording his beekeeping exploits in The Bad Beekeeper’s Club. It his passion for learning by doing, and ability to inspire new beekeepers. that make him an invaluable asset when promoting the work of Bees for Development as one of the Monmouth-based chaity’s Patrons. Listen to BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 11 December at 7.55am, or at 9.26pm. The Appeal will be broadcast again on the afternoon of Thursday 15 December at 3.27pm, and will be available to listen again at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4.
“We’re delighted that Bill is presenting our BBC Radio 4 Appeal, and hoping that our message will reach many listeners throughout the UK and beyond” said Dr Nicola Bradbear, founder of Bees for Development. “We have two key aims for the appeal: to raise vital funds for our work with bees and beekeepers in some of the poorest countries, and to create awareness of beekeeping and its valuable role in supporting rural livelihoods, as well as in maintaining biodiversity. It is vital that we all do more to protect bees and their habitat”.
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The BBC Radio 4 Appeal is a weekly programme highlighting the work of the charity and appealing for donations to support its work: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 Bees for Development is an international development organisation based in Monmouth, South Wales. Bees for Development, founded in 1993, works to raise the profile of beekeeping, with emphasis on the alleviation of poverty, and encouragement of a wider, sustainable economy. The Charity provides resources for local trainers to support community beekeeping activities – and sends information on bees and beekeeping all over the developing world. The organisation currently manages community projects in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, and Uganda. Bees for Development’s guiding principles are to always use only local bees, build on local skills, and make all equipment like beehives locally. More information at: firstname.lastname@example.org and www.beesfordevelopment.org