News posted 12 October, 2018

Manchester Bee will create a buzz at the Eye Hospital

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One of the fantastic Manchester ‘Bee in the City’ art trail sculptures will be flying into its new permanent home at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) on Monday 15th October.

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

This special Bee from Henshaws, 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.

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

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.

John Ashcroft, Chief Executive of MREH, said: “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.”

Robert Cooper, Director of Community Services at Henshaws, said: “Receiving support during a sight loss diagnosis is so important, and we’re really pleased that Henshaws and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital can work together to make sure that people with sight loss receive the best support possible. The ‘Bee-yond Expectations’ Bee is a great opportunity to highlight our brilliant partnership.”