Hull’s Bee Lady, Jean Bishop, was a true inspiration to everyone that met her. From campaigning for a new Healthy Living Centre for Age Concern to raising over £125,000 for local charities, her tireless efforts, humble approach and cheery smile made her a firm favourite with people in Hull, and across the country.
We were absolutely delighted to name the new Integrated Care Centre (ICC) in Hull after her – a facility built to transform care for the elderly in Hull, which has since won an international award.
Independent Chair of Citycare and former Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, has fond memories of Jean. He said:
“I first met Jean Bishop over twenty years ago when we joined forces to campaign for a new Age Concern centre in Hull. She was determined, persuasive and inspirational. She was to become one of the City’s most celebrated residents. Jean was proud of Hull and Hull was proud of Jean. She was especially honoured to open the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre on behalf of the NHS. The building remains a permanent monument to a woman who helped so many people stay healthy and active into old age and who represented the values of community and togetherness.”
The £9.5 million Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre (ICC) was the first of its kind in the UK and has seen thousands of patients and care home residents pass through its doors since it opened in July 2018, as well as contributing to a significant reduction in hospital admissions.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to Jean’s family, her friends & all of her supporters at this very sad time.