Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 23:00

To celebrate our one-year anniversary, we unveiled our very own super-sized Bee sculpture this week, as part of Bee in the City’s Hive of Creativity Festival at the National Football Museum.

The giant Bee is a symbol of the difference a year can make in the life of an adopted child and parent. It forms part of our anniversary campaign, which shares stories from adoptive parents about the life changing, family, moments they’ll never forget.

Working closely with talented artist Lois Cordelia, our adoptive parents submitted words and phrases about their adoption experiences to help create the Bee design, while enchanting illustrations of family and children cover the Bee in playful scenes.

Adoptive parent, Paul, who joined us for the unveiling, said: “The process of adoption can be challenging, but Adoption Counts were with us every step of the way and, a year on, we’re thriving as a family. It’s lovely to be part of the anniversary and to see the Bee with words which resonate with us as adoptive parents. I hope it will open people’s eyes to adoption and how truly life changing it can be.”

The Bee, named ‘Bee-YOU-ti-ful’, will now form part of the Bee in the City art trail opening on July 23rd before it is auctioned off to raise funds for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity in October.

There are currently a high number of children aged two and under in desperate need of a loving home in Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Adoption Counts hopes this campaign will encourage people to think about adopting and contact them for support.

Sue Westwood, Regional Adoption Manager for Adoption Counts, said: “Seeing the difference a year can make to adopted children and parents makes us more committed than ever to bring together children and adults who dream of becoming a family. We are passionate about creating families and encourage enquiries from a diverse section of the community, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race or faith. And, we hope that the Adoption Counts Bee inspires and encourages any prospective adopters to make that first call.”