Would you like to support the Bee Free Project? Neither Richard nor Rhodri get paid for the time they dedicate to the project, but have been using their own bees and beehives for training. So why fundraise?

We want to give every participant their own beekeeping safety equipment, their own beehives to look after and all the equipment they need to start beekeeping. This will encourage the participants to keep bees for years to come, carrying on a craft that is both useful to them as well as the environment. A very small sum is also used to cover the costs of ‘phone calls, essential paperwork, bank charges, costs to cover website hosting and for a small shed for us all to keep dry in the rain that will also act as a classroom.

Many who are suffering from PTSD are unable to work and are therefore reliant on the state for help. As the state only provides enough funds to live, there are no additional funds available to start beekeeping as the costs are prohibitively high. That’s why we want individuals to have their own beekeeping equipment after an initial period of instruction. That is why we are fundraising.

Set out below in absolute detail is the amount of money we would like to raise for 2016, with every cost accounted for. You will be able to see exactly where all the money raised will be going to and that none of it is wasted on pointless expenditure – we are sure no other organisation presents as much detail as we do! All of these costs can be cross referenced by one of the leading providers of beekeeping equipment in the country and hopefully any beekeeping friends you may have out there can verify the equipment that is essential to the craft.

If you would like to donate, please send any payments to The Bee Free Project, c/o Cilgwenyn Bee Farm, Llangennech, Llanelli, SA14 8NZ, cheques made payable to ‘Bee Free Project’ where 100% of your donation will be received. There will be a donation page coming soon. Alternatively please contact us by email or telephone 07580 982470.

Where does the funding go to?

Below in the first table sets out the costs associated with keeping two beehives with all the equipment associated with it.

Item DescriptionReasonQuantityCost
A cedar beehiveTo house the bees2£489.50
Additional superTo increase honey & room for feeder2£84.86
StandTo place the beehive on2£34.34
StrapTo hold the hive together when moving onto your own property2£10
English FeederTo feed the bees in Spring and Autumn2£21
Wooden frames (Deep)To go inside the Beeehive22£27.40
Beeswax Foundation (Deep)For the bees to draw out the beeswax comb22£20.20
Wooden frames (Shallow)To go insode the supers to collect honey66£82.18
Beeswax Foundation (Shallow)For the bees to draw out the beeswax comb for the honey66£37.10
Plastic EndsTo space out the frames inside the beehive176£15
Full Colony of Bees & QueenTo start the colonies2£480
Bee suitTo cover and protect the body of the Beekeepers1£133
Bee GlovesTo protect the hands of the Beekeeper1£24.62
Dadant Smoker with bellowsTo gently pass smoke over the bees and to prevent them becoming agitated when inspected1£57.50
Hive ToolAn aid to loosen frames1£10
Bee BrushTo brush away bees when necessary without damaging them1£6
Bee ForkTo uncap the beeswax coverings and for use in assessing varroa1£6
One Handed Queen CatcherTo actively isolate the queen when marking1£7.50
Marking PenTo colour the Queen with the appropriate year of birth1£4.50
Medicines – MAQSTo treat the beehives against Varroa in the Summer1£15.05
Medicines – ApiguardTo treat the beehives against Varroa in the Autumn1£27
Medicines – Oxalic AcidTo treat the beehives against Varroa in the Winter1£4.99
Bucket (40kg) with tapTo hold the honey and help it settle2£54
AdministrationPhone calls etc1£30
Sub Total Per Beekeeper£1678.74

There are also other equipment that is necessary for the project to continue or in some cases is not justified to be purchased for every beekeeper. One example is the extractor, a manual centrifuge that allows the honey to be extracted from the beeswax frames. This can be shared amongst all those taking part, reducing the costs needed. Another item which is necessary is an adequate shed to allow people to take shelter in when it rains as well as a good place to teach beekeeping before opening a live hive, with a demonstration hive free of all the bees but show what some of the problems posed by the bees include.

Item DescriptionReasonQuantityCost
Double StrainerTo filter the honey as it comes out of the Beehive4£96
Manual ExtractorTo extract the honey from the frames using centrifugal force1£447
Trainers box of tricksTo help train the participants to allow demonstration safely indoors1£350
ChairsTo sit indoors18£300
ShedTo allow participants to keep dry during rain, a palce to relax, and a place to teach. (Price inclusive of all foundations and concrete base)1£2500
AdministrationPaperwork, printing, stamps, additional phone calls, bank charges and web hosting£500
Inflation & Unforseen costsTo allow for the increase in costs and to cover any smaller unforeseen items£325.90
Sub total costsCosts of shared items and help to enable the project to carry on£4518.90

Total funds to be raised

The table below summaries all the money that we hope to raise fro the Bee Free Project, with a detailed breakdown as seen above. If its not accounted for, we will not be spending the money!

Any help that you may be able to offer the Bee Free Project will be very much appreciated. Should your generosity be greater than our target, we will either roll on the amount to the following year, or teach more ex servicemen with PTSD in 2016.

Sub Total of CostsAmountQuantityTotals
All items per beekeeper£1678.7415£25181.10
Communal Items£4518.901£4518.90
Grand Total£29700

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