The Homeless Bumblebee and Me

The Homeless Bumblebee and Me

A unique, personalised book that will raise funds for Friends of the Earth

We did it!

On 24th Sep 2015 we successfully raised £4,815 of £3,800 target with 131 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

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We've covered the production of the book which is FANTASTIC!  This means that all profits from the sale of the book will go directly towards our urgent work to protect our planet today and for future generations.



The Homeless Bumblebee & Me is a heart-warming, personalised story of a child who helps to find a bee a home. It would make a wonderful, unique gift for any child who loves nature and animals.

If successfully funded the book will be put on sale and all profits will go to Friends of the Earth to tackle environmental destruction here in the UK and overseas, including the Bee Cause campaign. This could amount to over £110,000.

Funders pledging over £20 will receive a copy of the book (either softback or hardback depending on the pledge amount) and have their name featured in the thank you list within the book itself. Plus there are many other amazing rewards up for grabs thanks to our sponsors My Hotels, Harrier, Bee Kind & Dine, Kurt Jackson and Orwells.

What is the aim?

The book will provide an enjoyable way of educating children about the importance of bees and the natural world. The ability to personalise each book by choosing the name of the child, the gender, the skin tone and hair colour, means that the child is very much placed at the centre of this adventure story to save the bee.  It would make an ideal present for a 5-7 year-old.

Why do we need to educate children about the plight of bees?

Bees, an integral part of our food chain and wonderful creatures in their own right, are suffering from a serious decline largely due to a loss of their habitat – shockingly there has been a 97% decrease in the amount of wildflower meadows in the past 60 years. If we stand any chance of tackling environmental destruction like this, then we must nourish respect for the natural world in those who will have the most influence in future years.

And, you never know, all it could take is one story about a humble bumblebee to make millions of children stand up for our planet.

Who’s creating it?

Hugely talented new author David Greaves and exceptional illustration graduate Danielle Callaghan have created a wonderful tale that will doubtlessly become a firm bedtime favourite.

How will the funds be used?

The funds will be used to get The Homeless Bumblebee and Me published. These costs are:

Author’s advance and expenses: £1,500

Illustrator’s advance and expenses: £1,500

Graphic/web designer x 4 days: £800

My Hotels, Harrier, Bee Kind & Dine and Orwells have donated all the prizes listed in the rewards. We thank them very much for their generosity.


To see the full list look to the right-hand side of the screen. Some of them are extra special so here’s some more information:

Pledge £20 or more – Everyone who pledges more than £20 will receive a copy of the book (either softback or hardback depending on the pledge amount) which have been kindly donated the book’s printers, Harrier. We will contact you for the personalisation details.



 Pledge £40

To thank you for pledging that bit more, we’d like to give you this beautiful bee-friendly tea towel designed by Stuart Gardiner. It shows different species of bees and the plants they love. Printed on 100% unbleached organic cotton, they are designed, made and printed in the UK.



Pledge £50

Oxfordshire-based restaurant Orwells makes the crème de la crème of organic honey. Only 100 jars will be made this year and this is your chance to get your hands on one.



Pledge £75

A doodle only for you! Pledge £75 and make your copy of the book unique with a sketch from illustrator Danielle Callaghan in the inside front cover.


Pledge £100 or more – Everyone who pledges more than £100 will also be invited to the launch event in London and will receive a delicious honey cocktail.

       Pledge £100

What a generous pledge! We’d like to thank you by inviting you to the launch party of the book at the beautiful Printworks building in London. We’ll celebrate by drinking honey cocktails made with Orwells organic honey.


      Pledge £125 - NEW REWARD!

A wonderful gift for art lovers. Internationally acclaimed artist Kurt Jackson has created a limited edition bee print exclusively for Friends of the Earth. It’s a stunning work of art and is sure to bring the happiness of bees to any home!



Pledge £125 - SOLD OUT

A Big Fig hamper is all yours if you are the first person to pledge £125. The hamper has kindly been donated to us by boutique hotel My Brighton and it contains delicious food made from locally sourced ingredients.




Pledge £150 - SOLD OUT

We have three sets of six limited edition Royal Mail bee stamps up for grabs featuring illustrations from renowned wildlife artist Richard Lewington.  Bees featured include the Great Yellow Bumblebee and the Potter Flower Bee.


      Pledge £200 - SOLD OUT

Sustainable restaurateurs Bee Kind & Dine, have very kindly offered two tickets to one of their upcoming pop-up dining events in London. The founders, Laura Jean Sargent and Joe Fox, are passionate about teaching you about the importance of bees through your taste buds. We love that idea!


       Pledge £250 - SOLD OUT

Boutique hotel group, My Hotels, have kindly offered a night’s stay at their stunning My Chelsea hotel to the first person who pledges over £250. A wonderful evening meal will also be part of the package (and you may be lucky enough to get a tour of their roof-top beehives).


You will only be charged when the project is fully funded.

So don’t delay, pledge today.

FAQs for the general release of the book

What will the book be made out of?

The book will be made from 100% recycled paper and will be printed to order so there is no wastage.

When will it go on sale to the general public?

We aim to get the book on sale by 3rd November 2015.

Is the book available as a hardback?

Yes, the book will be available both as a softback and a hardback.

How much will the book cost?

The softback will cost £12.99 and the hardback will cost £15.99.

How much could it raise for Friends of the Earth?

If 45,000 copies were sold, Friends of the Earth would receive over £110,000.

What is Friends of the Earth?

Friends of the Earth is an environmental charity that campaigns for a just world for people and planet. Charity number: 281681.


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