Bees for Development, the UK-based charity that specialises in work to alleviate poverty through beekeeping, hosted a Bee Garden Party at Marlborough House, London in June. The event raised a profit of £60,000, approximately double the amount raised at its previous Bee Garden Party, held two years ago.
Amongst the guest list assembled for this social event of the bee calendar was Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, who keeps nine hives herself. The Duchess was fascinated by the projects that Bees for Development run.
A significant part of the funds raised came through an auction of postcard art provided by well-known artists and public figures, including Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Kenneth Branagh. They showed their support by submitting artworks for auction, with every penny of proceeds going to the charity.
The Bee Garden Party was sponsored by Fortnum & Mason and Tregothnan Estate.
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