Bransgore first responders go into beekeeping to raise much-needed funds

AS if working to save lives in the community wasn’t enough, a team of first responders in Bransgore set out to raise much-needed funds through beekeeping.

The village Rotary club, which helped set up the speakers in 2005, provided the team with five beehives, as well as bees, and challenged them to make honey to sell and generate funds for vital equipment and general operating costs.

Community first responders are volunteers trained to respond to emergency calls received by the ambulance service. They will often, especially in rural areas, arrive at the scene before paramedics, giving life-saving treatment immediately.

Bransgore first responders started beekeeping

The fundraising hives are named after prominent local Rotarians and are located at Harrow Wood Farm, where Richard Frampton grows apples to make his famous Dickies Dribble cider.

Bransgore Group Coordinator Mike Jukes said: “From this rural part of Bransgore, bees will have access to many flowers and blossoms to pollinate and collect pollen, which they will turn into honey for Bransgore first responders.

“This project will provide a sustainable supply of quality honey over the next few years, as well as a sustainable income to support our responders and others under the South Central Ambulance Charity umbrella.

“Once replacement items are purchased from honey revenue, the remainder will go towards our response equipment costs through the South Central Ambulance Charity, or other worthy causes identified.

“Once again, we are grateful to the Rotary Club of Bransgore for their continued support and to Richard Frampton for the use of the land.”

Bransgore Rotary spokesperson Ian Kendall said, “As Rotary members, we are extremely pleased to support this local initiative, which will help an important local resource in the village.

The honey, priced at a donation of £5 or more, will be stocked at local shops and tourist sites, including Bransgore Coffee House and Burley Stores in Ringwood Road, Burley.

There are also plans to store it at some caravan sites.