Legendary fundraiser Jean Bishop, Hull’s Bee Lady, has died aged 99

Jean Bishop

Sad news this morning as incredible, kind, inspirational, iconic ‘Bee Lady’ Jean Bishop has passed away, aged 99. Our thoughts with Jean’s friends and family and all those she touched with her generosity.

Not all heroes wear capes, some wear bee outfits. Her years of fundraising gave her the legacy that she truly deserved.

The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind. We share in the sad goodbye to the ever-smiling Jean ‘Bee Lady’ Bishop, forever remembered for her wonderful character & 30 years of fundraising!

Jean raised £125,000 for Age UK, was an Olympic torchbearer, crowned Pride of Britain, and became the second woman to be awarded the Freedom of Hull.

lady bee freedom of the city

When asked, aged 95, whether she would retire, Mrs Bishop said: “There isn’t such a word.”

Rest in peace Jean Bishop. Forever a superstar, an inspiration, our Bee Lady.