Beard of bees is un-BEE-lievable challenge for brave Nellie

July 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A schoolgirl was literally buzzing after she raised £400 for charity – by wearing a full ‘beard’ of BEES.

Brave Nellie Odam-Wilson, 16, had to stay calm and still as hundreds of bees came to rest on her face and neck.

She achieved the bizarre look by placing the Queen Bee on her face which attracted a swarm of the insects to follow.

Nellie, of South Molton in Devon, stood covered in the creatures for around seven minutes at Quince Honey Farm, where she works part-time.

She performed the stunt to raise funds for a trip to Africa where she will be doing charity work at a Ugandan orphanage.

Nellie said: ”It was a bit scary having all the bees on me, but it was worth it because it’s for such a good cause.

”They were only on me for a matter of minutes but it seemed like much longer. It felt like they were everywhere and you don’t know if one of them will sting you.

”The bees were all crawling across my face and it was really itchy. But I work at the farm so I knew I was in good hands.”

Nellie raised £390 and now has enough money to travel to Uganda for ten days on July 18.

Owner Ian Wallace said it was the first time anyone had managed the feat at the farm without receiving a single sting.

He said: ”We’re really proud of her for being so brave. Nellie works very hard at the farm and she has been working hard on her fund raising.”

Meanwhile, pupils began classes in bee-keeping after hives were installed on the roof of a school in Plymouth, Devon.

Science teacher Rob van Es launched the project to show children how honey is made at Plymouth High School for Girls.

He said: ”There is no reason anyone should be stung. Bees really only sting if they’re squashed.”

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