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Weʼre raising £200 to help beekeeper Steve Cattanach replace damaged bee keeping equipment.

South Shields, UK

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After Northumbria Police posted on their facebook account about Steve and the awful act that happened to him and the bees he cared for, a number of posts commenting on the article, stated people wanted to support him.

I have no idea how much needs to be raised. But lets see where this takes us!

The following is taken from Northumbria Polices facebook account

“A beekeeper has slammed “mindless” vandals in Hebburn after they smashed up two hives – killing more than 100,000 bees. At around 1.50pm on Sunday, May 27, police received a report of vandalism in Carr-Ellison Park. Offenders climbed over a nine-foot fence and destroyed the man-made wooden hives. Owner Steve Cattanach, of South Shields, believes around 120,000 bees were killed as a result of the vandalism and an investigation is now under way as police look to trace those responsible. The offence took place at some point between the evening of Tuesday, May 22 and when the damage was reported. “It’s incredibly frustrating,” said Mr Cattanach, who has been a passionate beekeeper for the last decade and who has visited dozens of local schools to educate young people about the animals. “It’s just mindless, heart-breaking really. “Beekeeping is like any hobby – it’s my passion. But for people to just carry out such a disgraceful act with no thought whatsoever as to the consequences or harm it may cause, it’s hard to take.” Mr Cattanach admitted his first foray into beekeeping came shortly after learning about the potential health benefits of honey. Since then, he’s shared his knowledge and passion with hundreds of children across South Tyneside by delivering talks about the importance of bees in local schools and at community events. “My sister lives down south and always used to suffer from hayfever,” he said. “One day, someone told her that a teaspoon of honey every night can help to cure it. “Within a few weeks, she said she could run through a field of rapeseed and feel absolutely fine. So I started to read up on them, and it became a hobby. “I’ve been going into schools for six or seven years now. I think it’s important for children to learn about these things. Albert Einstein once said that if bees didn’t exist then man would only have four years to live, because of pollination and what would eventually lead to a shortage of food. “I think there probably is a lack of appreciation for the importance of beekeeping. “Hopefully, someone who saw the hives being vandalised will see this and come forward – and help bring whoever destroyed them to justice.”

Anyone with information surrounding the offence is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 578 270518 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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  • Nina2 months ago
    Nina

    Nina

    2 months ago

    Our fundraising is just two weeks old! There’s been 5500 views of this page and a massive £3103.00 raised! Can’t thank everyone enough! The awareness that has been spread for the care of bees has been amazing! I’ve certainly learnt a few things about these amazing creatures 🐝 Let’s hope the culprits of the damage are found soon, and learn their lesson and do good for others rather than destruction. Keep an eye out for Steve and the bees. I somehow think our community will hear from him soon 😉 Let the good work continue. X

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  • Nina3 months ago
    Nina

    Nina

    3 months ago

    Hi all! Overwhelmed with the support and that donations are still coming in! Reading the paper online today and it’s still in the news! Article talking about how well the fund raising has gone and the messages of support from the community! There’s even been donations from the USA! It’s super warm today, so drink plenty and make sure you look out for bees that might be tired and need some sugary water. 🐝😘 the fundraising only has 6 days left so if you get a chance, please share the page. 💙

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  • Nina3 months ago
    Nina

    Nina

    3 months ago

    So touched the support and donations are still coming in for Steve. Loving reading all the lovely comments people write too. Sooo much love 😍

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Page last updated on: 7/18/2018 1:57 PM

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285

  • Emily Frances

    Emily Frances

    Jul 18, 2018

    Just read the story on Northumbria Police's page and was so upset for you, what a senseless act of violence. I hope all the money raised will enable you to keep doing your vital work for the bees !!

  • Mel

    Mel

    Jul 3, 2018

    £10.00

  • Karima Jane

    Karima Jane

    Jul 3, 2018

    Where all behind you Steve .... Safe those little bees's 👨🏼‍🌾🐝👏🏼

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 3, 2018

    £10.00

  • Karima Jane

    Karima Jane

    Jul 3, 2018

    Where right behind you Steve .... save those little bee's 🐝🐝🐝🙌🏼👨🏼‍🌾

    £50.00

  • Tanya Mack

    Tanya Mack

    Jul 3, 2018

    We need to look after our bees good luck

    £20.00

  • Richard Wilson

    Richard Wilson

    Jul 3, 2018

    £10.00

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