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Monday 11 December 2017

If there's a buzz in the air, it must be Bee for Battens

WATCH out for a massive bee buzzing across the city.

However, anyone who comes across the oversized bee can rest easy as it is all part of the 'Bee for Battens' campaign.

The giant bee is being used to raise awareness for the charity which helps families with children affected by Battens disease. The illness is a rare neuro-degenerative condition that affects babies, young children and juveniles – and in some cases can be fatal.

Members of the public are invited to get their pictures taken with the giant bee to be in with a chance to win prizes.

Bee for Battens will be running a Twitter and Facebook competition where members of the public can tweet or post a picture of the bee or guess the location in Dublin where it is situated. To enter just tweet a picture of the Bee to @BeeForBattens using the hashtag #SpotTheBee.

"Bee for Battens is a place where families and persons affected by Battens can come together to help raise awareness about this devastating condition whilst providing support for one another," said Tony Heffernan, founder of Bee For Battens. Tony's daughter Saoirse, who had Battens disease, died in January 2011 aged five.

His son Liam has also been diagnosed with Battens disease.

For more information visit: www.beeforbattens.org

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