Nathan's hospice work creates a buzz

A HARTLEPOOL college student is a hive of activity – and his hard work has created a real buzz at a hospice.

Nathan Copeland Smith is a year 11 pupil at Manor College of Technology in Hartlepool.

But for one full week, he transformed himself into a giant bee to support Butterwick Hospice.

His excellent work won the admiration of both hospice and school chiefs who rewarded Nathan with an honour he loved – they made him a school prefect.

Butterwick's publicity and marketing manager Jackie Firth said: "Nathan has willingly volunteered all week to wear our mascot costume of Beatrice the Butterwick Bee.

"Our fundraiser, Tracy Bowstead, visits the college to update the children on what's happening at Butterwick House because Manor College are long term supporters and have been for 15 years.

"Tracy had been presenting updates to the different year groups every morning last week during assembly. It was after assembly on Friday morning that the school presented Nathan with his prefect tie and status – something he has wanted for some time."

There was good news for the hospice too and Jackie explained: "Manor College fundraise regularly for the children's hospice and were able to present Tracy with cheques this week totalling 250.

"We would like to acknowledge Nathan's willing support and the fantastic job he did as mascot for Butterwick House all this week. He is keen to continue supporting Butterwick House and has joined the Charity's Facebook page to keep up to date with events."