Success Stories

The place to Bee

STAFF from Wooden Spoon fundraising partner TNT flew into a Northamptonshire school to take a first-hand look at a buzzing community hub they helped to create.

Dave Bone and Charles Lamoin, from TNT’s Wellingborough depot, were joined by the company’s managing director Marianne Culver for a tour of The Bee Hive, which is part of Northgate School Arts College.

The guests got to see a host of the centre’s impressive facilities, including a shop, cafe and gym, which were funded in part by more than £11,000 raised by the company for Wooden Spoon.

The visit was organised as part of TNT’s 70th anniversary “Seeing is Believing” project, through which staff are attending a number of the charitable projects the express delivery company has supported.

Marianne explained: “These visits allow our employees to see for themselves how they really make a difference through their fundraising.

“It was fantastic to see the students enjoying the gym that we’ve helped to kit out through our 20-year charitable partnership with Wooden Spoon.”

The Bee Hive community hub was the brainchild of Northgate College head teacher Shez Webb and provides dedicated facilities for students with specific learning needs and disabilities as they progress into further education or employment.

Pupils play a part in operating the centre’s cafe, which is open six-days-a-week for 48 weeks every year, allowing them to gain valuable life skills in a bright, welcoming environment. The centre’s other assets include a massage area and hydrotherapy swimming pool.

Visit the Beehive Facebook page for more information.