Thanks to YOUR amazing support I have now sold over 1000 copies of Bee Quest and to mark the occasion I am raffling book number 1000 to raise money for The Albert Kennedy Trust.

Through the generous support of local businesses and artists there are some amazing prizes to be won so buy your raffle tickets and help raise money for a very worthy cause.

The sole purpose of me creating Bee Quest was because after the Arena Bombing on May 22, 2017 I felt helpless and unable to contribute.  That's why Book 1000 is very special to me, it marks the half way point in my quest to raise money for Manchester Charities and to make a difference that will help others.

The Gotham Hotel (Bee Quest pages 36 & 37) located in the heart of Manchester have been extreamly generous and donated a Lutyens Champagne Afternoon Tea for two in their Honey Restaurant

I'm a massive fan of Tom Brown aka @BeeMancunian whose hand made Bas Relief Bees were inspired when in 2015 he spotted a bollard that was missing a bee. He has kindly reproduced a bee bas relief (Bee Quest page 78) that you can win along with a signed copy of Bee Quest.

@CJTaylordArt is an amazing artist who produces unique and imaginative paintings on glass rather than on canvas.   I love Christians's work and his Pride Bee is featured several times in the Bee Quest Book (pages 9 & 23).   Christian has kindly donated one of his Manchester bees for you to win along with a signed copy of Bee Quest.

NQ Gallery in Afflecks and 'Cape' in the Corn Exchange feature paintings, prints, photography and artwork by local artists including Ben Sedman, Phoenix Phusion, Eliza Rocks Artist and Stephen Lynn's Dionysus Art along with personalised greetings cards by Sunflowers in the Sea.  To show her support Joe has donated a £25 gift voucher that can be used in either store.  You'll also receive a signed copy of Bee Quest.

I was fortunate enough to have the amazing opportunity to photograph the bee hives on the roof top of the Printworks and Director Fred Booth who is a qualified bee keeper has kindly offered to give a VIP tour for two people (minimum age of 16 years old) of thier Roof Top Bee Hives plus you'll win a signed copy of Bee Quest.

Afflecks is the most iconic hub for ecclectic, alternative fashion, accessories and gifts in Manchester.  They have been extreamly generous and have donated £50 in gift vouchers that you can win along with a signed copy of Bee Quest.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian Free Trade Hall has long been a supporter of the LGTB+ community of Manchester and to show their support in my quest to raise money for the AKT they have generously donated a Day Pass for Two people with a Half Hour Treatment for both in their Sienna Spa

The Manchester & District Bee Keepers Association have kindly donated 4 jars of Manchester Honey to to prize draw which I've seperating into 4 individual prizes along with a copy of Bee Quest signed by yours truely!

Tickets Sold

Money Raise


In choosing the charity I had four criteria:

  1. it must directly support the LGBTQ+ community
  2. it should be based in Manchester
  3. it must support the homeless who want help
  4. it must have minimum spend on administration and maximum spend on the cause

The obvious charity to choose was the Albert Kennedy Trust whose mission statement is to 'prevent LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, because no young person should have to choose between a safe home and being who they are'. The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) was launched 1989 at a meeting in the Manchester Town Hall formed by six LGB volunteers led by straight ally Cath Hall. The AKT was the world’s first ever service for homeless LGBT youth and for all it's headquarters are now based in London, it's roots are in Manchester.

Terms & Conditions

  1. You must be over the age of 18 years to enter the raffle
  2. The winning tickets will be drawn on Thursday 11th October at 5:00 pm at the NQ Gallery, recorded on video and witnesses by a member of the public.
  3. You agree to (unless you explicity inform me otherwise) to have your name read out during the draw.
  4. Ensure that the email address that you use for payment is correct as this will be the primary means of communication.
  5. Your personal details (name, email address and postal address) will be stored in a spreadsheet on a password protected MacBook Pro and used to record your name against a ticket number.  The information will not be passed on, sold or otherwise disclosed to anyone else other than an independant witness who will verify that the ticket number corresponds to your name  they will not be given a hard or digital copy of the spreadsheet.  
  6. 100% of the proceeds will go the the Albert Kennedy Trust, all prized have been donated without charge and the only overheads that will be incurred is the PayPal transaction fees and the postage of the prizes to the winners.
  7. I spoke to the Institute of Fundraising on 04/09/2018 who advised me to get in touch with the Gambling Comission. I spoke to the Gambling Comission on 05/09/2018 who said that this lottery falls under the remit of Manchester City Council. I spoke to a member of staff at the Licensing Department of Manchester City Council on 05/09/2018 who checked with the back office and was informed that I do not need a permit to run this raffle.



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Bee Quest has been written & published by Philip Butler, A Manchester based Freelance Website Designer, Developer & Photographer.

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