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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

All donations to be doubled in Bees for Development Christmas Challenge

For immediate distribution 26th November 2019


Bees for Development has been selected for this year’s match-funding campaign, The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2019.

The Christmas Challenge launches at midday on Tuesday 3rd December (Giving Tuesday) and runs for just seven days, until 10th December 2019. All donations will be matched by Ethiopiaid, doubling the impact of all donations.

Bees for Development has set an ambitious target of raising £40,000 during the week, more than it has ever raised before in such a short time. If this can be achieved, every penny will be doubled so that existing and new projects in the Amhara region of Ethiopia can be supported.  

The wonderful nature of bees makes beekeeping such a great way to help lift people out of poverty”, Nicola Bradbear, Director of Bees for Development says. “We will be raising money for the projects we run in Ethiopia, helping people secure a future for themselves and their families through beekeeping”.

Find out more about The Big Give and how to donate


Notes to Editors 

About Bees for Development

We are an international charity based in Monmouth, Wales. Our mission is to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, giving them skills and knowledge to start to make a living through beekeeping.

Bees are incredibly powerful - they provide livelihoods to some of the world’s most disadvantaged people, play an essential role in crop pollination for food production worldwide, and maintain the planet’s biodiversity. For 26 years we have helped many thousands of people to keep bees sustainably and profitably.

Bees for Development provides free information and support to beekeepers in more than 130 countries, and works directly with community projects currently underway in Ethiopia, Ghana, Somaliland, Uganda and Zambia.

The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge

The Christmas Challenge was launched in 2008 by Sir Alec Reed CBE and is now the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. It offers supporters and charities the opportunity to have their donations doubled on when the campaign goes live at noon on #GivingTuesday, 3rd December 2019.  Last year, the Christmas Challenge raised £13 million, a £3.5 million increase from funds raised in 2017.


The Big Give is a registered charity (1136547) with a mission to promote causes and inspire people to give through a crowdfunding platform for charities, specialising in match funding.  Since it was founded in 2007, The Big Give has helped to raise over £113 million for UK-registered charities.




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