Our Bee sculpture finds its ‘forever home’ at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Our ‘Bee-yond Expectations’ sculpture, one of 100 unique bees scattered across Manchester as part of the ‘Bee in the City’ project in Summer 2018, will be flying into its new 'forever home' at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) on Monday 15th October!

An elderly gentleman reaches out to feel the honeycomb eye texture of the sculpture.
Henshaws' bee sculpture ready to go; the bee is over 5 foot, and has different tactile elements including honey comb eyes and luminescent paint on the body.

For over 25 years, we’ve been working with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to support people with sight loss. To celebrate this amazing partnership, the colourful ‘Bee-yond Expectations’ sculpture will be landing at MREH. 

Our sculpture, sponsored by the NHS, was created by Wild Portrait Artist and developed with visually impaired people during the design process.  It is sensory themed with tactile and multi-sensory elements, including audio description and braille transcription, ensuring the art is accessible to all. It has taken residence over the summer trail at North Manchester General Hospital, and will be found permanently from next week on the ground floor atrium of MREH.

Patients, visitors and staff are invited to a special event in the MREH atrium from 12.00 to 2.00pm on 15th October to welcome the Bee.  More information about the Bee is at https://www.henshaws.org.uk/beeyond-expectations/.

“This is a fantastic way to celebrate a long term partnership which has made a huge difference to our patients and their families.  The Bee is a brilliant symbol of the energy and innovation which goes into treating and supporting patients with sight loss.  We’re really proud that ‘Bee-yond Expectations’ will be creating a buzz at MREH for many years to come.”

John Ashcroft, Chief Executive of MREH

There will be short speeches by John Ashcroft, Chief Executive of MREH, and Robert Cooper, Director of Community Services at Henshaws, who will welcome the sculpture to the hospital.  Refreshments will be provided, and Dave Steele, a visually impaired poet who has the eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, will read some of his inspiring poetry to mark the occasion.  Volunteers will also be on hand at the information desk to answer any questions about Henshaws’ services.

Find out more about our work at MREH

Our support often begins at the hospital, right at the point of diagnosis.  Henshaws Patient Support Officers are based at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) five days a week and Altrincham Hospital two days a week, where they offer practical and emotional support for patients as well as their families.

To arrange an appointment or find out more, contact our patient support office on 0161 276 5515. Our Patient Support Officers may be with someone when you call, so please leave a message and they will get back to you.

Image of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital CVI

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