40 Years of Busy Bees

Early years daredevil takes to the skies for charity challenge

Published: 18/07/2023

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Karen MacKay MBE, head of external strategy at Busy Bees, is taking to the skies for a charity ‘wing walk’ in aid of Child Bereavement UK.

The intrepid early years specialist from Derbyshire will tackle the challenge in Leeds on 25 August. 
The fundraising endeavour forms part of a pledge that Busy Bees made to mark its 40th anniversary by raising £40,000 for the charity. 
This is just the latest in a string of charity adventures for daredevil Karen, who said: “Previously I have been up Kilimanjaro, trekked to Everest Base Camp and jumped out of a plane for charity, so I had to think how to top that! 
“I decided to throw myself into my biggest challenge yet, donning a jumpsuit and goggles to be strapped to a Boeing Sherman bi-plane as it flies above Leeds. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted!” 
Anyone able to support Karen’s fundraising can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/page/karen-mackay-wingwalk  
Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. The charity supports children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying.  
Wendy Bray, Corporate Partnership Manager for Child Bereavement UK said: “The sky really is the limit when it comes to Karen MacKay’s bravery and commitment to raising much-needed funds for us. We are so grateful to Karen and everyone in the Busy Bees family for their support, especially in this, their 40th year.” 
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. 
Busy Bees was founded in Lichfield in 1983 to provide high quality childcare for local families. Over the past 40 years the organization has grown to over 390 nurseries across the UK and Ireland – and extended into Australia, New Zealand, North America and Asia, caring for more than 85,000 children around the world.