The East Yorkshire bus company has a special heritage bus decorated with images of local icons; they approached the team at Citycare to pay tribute to the late Jean Bishop. The bus livery has a new panel featuring Hull’s “Bee Lady”, standing in front of Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre (ICC) in Hull. The ICC provides coordinated care to improve the lives of frail, older people in the city and reduce admissions to hospital. The award-winning centre was opened by the older peoples’ champion fundraiser Jean Bishop BEM, in July 2018. CHP are head tenant in the ICC and a shareholder in Citycare.
East Yorkshire employee Keith Holmes, who designed and painted the bus, was inspired to add Jean Bishop to the design after reading stories about her incredible feats of fundraising, following her death at the age of 99 earlier in the autumn. Keith said: “I really want the design of the bus to educate people about the great people and landmarks of Hull,” he said. “The city’s residents have so much to be proud of, so I want everyone to remember that every time they see the Heritage Bus. Jean Bishop devoted her life to helping others, and the Jean Bishop ICC is doing some fantastic work in caring for the city’s elderly people, so I felt it was only right to add them to the portraits on the bus.”
Left to Right: Emma Todd Citycare estates team lead
Tammy Price-Jones MDT Co-ordinator Supervisor
Heather Darley, CHCP Senior Admin Assistant
Ben Gilligan EYMS Area Director
Artist – Keith Holmes
Megan Gay Citycare Estates Assistant
Far right Clare Cornelius Estates Assistant and Tenant Liaison Manager
Staff from Citycare, City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) and health professionals from the ICC came out to admire the bus as it pulled up outside on Wednesday 24 November.
Citycare Estates Assistant Clare Cornelius said: “When EYMS approached us to get involved in their tribute to Hull icon, Jean Bishop, we were honoured. Jean is an inspiration, and her legacy lives on with the ICC. We’re delighted to see her featured on the bus, it really encapsulates her cheeky side. To have the ICC as its backdrop is a pleasure.”
The Heritage bus, which was unveiled in 2016, portrays some of the region’s best known personalities and landmarks, including pilot Amy Johnson, poet Philip Larkin, and anti-slavery activist William Wilberforce.
“It’s a lovely way of commemorating not only Jean but also the region’s other well-known personalities. The design heralds Jean’s spirit, whilst having the award-winning Hull ICC as its backdrop, which she proudly opened back in 2018.” said Danielle Lewis, Regional Property Contracts Manager at CHP.
About Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre
Since opening in July 2018, the award-winning Centre has seen thousands of older people who are at risk of admission to hospital. The ICC was built to reduce admissions to hospital and support more patients in the community. The building is mainly single story for easy accessibility, operating as a hub for rapid assessment, coordinated care and early intervention for Parkinson’s Disease, dementia and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It houses cardiology, physiotherapy, out-patients services and geriatric medicine teams. In addition, the ICC has diagnostic services including ultrasound, X-ray and phlebotomy. Also, there is an onsite fire station with the team from the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service assessing fire safety issues for older people.
Memorial Garden at Jean Bishop ICC
Citycare, CHP and other partners will soon be revealing a lasting memorial to Jean Bishop within the ICC courtyard and gardens. There will be a sensory garden as a lasting memorial for Jean including sprucing up the benches and flowerbeds. Bird boxes, birdbaths and a bug hotel will be installed with bird feeders to encourage wildlife. In addition, the garden will feature sensory plants and bee-friendly flowers like lavender, Spring bulbs and giant daisies.
3 December 2021