Hero Honey Supporting Help For Heroes Charity
We are very proud to be supporting the Help For Heroes 'Hero Honey' Project. Our founder John Geden has provided support, guidance, and training to the staff at Tedworth House in Tidworth, and will be running beekeeping courses for wounded and injured servicemen and women.
John has been supported by Help For Heroes and in he is thrilled to be given the opportunity to use his skills to give a little back to this organisation.
Help for Heroes (H4H) is a British charity launched on 1 October 2007 to help provide better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.
It was founded by Bryn Parry OBE and his wife Emma Parry OBE after they visited soldiers at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. The charity was launched after a meeting with General Sir Richard Dannatt, the Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army.
The ‘Hero Honey’ project is now in it’s fourth year and John has trained a total of 36 wounded and injured service personnel and 8 staff from the rehabilitation centre at Tedworth House in Tidworth who manage the small training apiary in the beautiful grounds. The next course is being held in January 2019 and a new batch of beekeepers will be trained.
John is great at calling in favours and support; he is very grateful to the UK’s leading bee suit manufacturer BJ Sherriff based in Falmouth. The company owner Brian Sherriff his daughter and company director Angie Sherriff and the head seamstress Pat Lane worked with Help For Heroes to develop a ‘modular’ bee suit that can be worn by prosthetic limb users allowing them to enjoy beekeeping whilst remaining fully protected.
Also the British Beekeeping Association and Margaret Murdin who support the courses by providing books to all of the students free of charge. The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping is a superb guide and John still refers to his well thumbed first edition regularly.