40 Years of Busy Bees

Busy Bees pledges 40k for 40 years

Published: 02/05/2023

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To mark its 40th anniversary, Busy Bees has pledged to raise £40,000 for its chosen charity, Child Bereavement UK (CBUK).

Staff across our 390 centres will contribute to the target through a wide range of local fundraising activities including summer garden parties, cake sales and individual charity challenges.

Wendy Bray, corporate partnership manager for CBUK, said: “Our partnership with Busy Bees is very important to everyone at Child Bereavement UK. We are so grateful to everyone in the Busy Bees family for their support and we are looking forward to celebrating this huge milestone year with them.”

CBUK helps families to rebuild their lives when someone important to them is terminally ill, and for parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying.

Busy Bees co-founder Marg Randles added: “We are very proud of the generosity of our parents and ingenuity of our teams when it comes to fundraising for Child Bereavement UK. Over the past six years, we have raised more than £225,000 for this very worthy and all too often needed cause and we look forward to giving that total a huge boost in this, our 40th year.

“From Busy Bees’ beginning, back in 1983, the welfare and emotional well-being of children has always been important to us. We recognise that children and their families sadly have to cope with grief and it is important that they are able to receive professional and sensitive support.

"That is why Busy Bees works closely with Child Bereavement UK to offer practical and emotional help to our families in such difficult times.”

Busy Bees was founded in Lichfield in 1983 to provide high quality childcare for local families. Over the past 40 years the organisation has grown to more than 390 nurseries across the UK and Ireland – and extended into Australia, New Zealand, North America and Asia, caring for around 70,000 children around the world.

Child Bereavement UK offers free, confidential bereavement support by telephone, video or instant messenger, to families across the UK and can also offer face-to-face help from a number of locations.

The charity also provides training to professionals in health and social care, education and the voluntary and corporate sectors, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.