Scouts honour local leader and create buzz over bee badge for Manchester
Monday 19th June 2017 @ 14:00 by Tom Greggan
News Tameside

Scouting groups across the globe are helping to raise thousands of pounds for those affected by the Manchester terror attack.

Just as the Manchester bee tattoos took off, a newly launched bee badge is now taking the scouting community by storm as the ideal way to show solidarity with all those affected by the atrocity.

Over 80,000 badges have been ordered so far.

The idea for the bee badge comes after news spread that local scout leader Dr Darah Burke, his wife and his daughter had all been caught up in the terrible explosion, suffering serious injuries as a result.

The family is slowly recovering but were all left in hospital after the terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert on May 22nd, which claimed the lives of 22 and left 120 injured.

Ashton Broadoak Explorer Scout Leader Doug pepper and Greater Manchester East County Commissioner Steve Holloway discussed the idea of creating the badge, passing that idea on to Claire Jarvis and the county scout team.

The bee badge was quickly born, designed and initially advertised on the 1st Facebook Scout group page and within an hour, more than 10,000 order for the badge had been received. To date, more than 80,000 have been ordered from Scouts all over the world. District Commissioner for Ashton and Droylsden Andy Morton has taken orders for nearly 700 bee badges alone.

The badge costs £1 with 80p going to the Manchester emergency fund. The Scouts can wear the badge on their right arm.

The first badge was presented to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham by Greater Manchester West County Commissioner Andy Farrell. The second was presented to a local beaver group in Tarleton- home of eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos who tragically lost her life in the attack.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham was the first to receive the bee badge.





































The third was presented to the 6th Ashton Scouts, led by Dr Darah Burke, by Steve Holloway. Steve said: “I was flabbergasted by the generosity of the worldwide Scout family in buying so many bee badges. Darah and his wife and daughter were caught up in the blast, all receiving serious injuries and all our thoughts are with them.”

Tameside scouting stalwart Alan Fish said: “On behalf of Scouts, I wish Darah and his family a speedy recovery and also all the other families affected by this terrible attack.”

To find out more about the bee badge and scouting, you can visit the 1st Facebook Scout Group or contact Alan Fish on 07931 765 120 or e-mail [email protected].