GeeWizz delight at being named Archant Suffolk charity of the year

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A charity supporting families living with cancer or a disability has spoken of its delight after being chosen as one of Archant Suffolk’s charities of the year.

The EADT and Ipswich Star announced at the Suffolk Show that they will be supporting GeeWizz and Inspire Suffolk over the next 12 months.

The two charities are working together to host The Glitter Ball, a magnificent black tie event on Friday 10th November at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall, and GeeWizz founder Gina Long MBE said she was humbled to have the support of Suffolk’s two daily newspapers.

Gina said: “GeeWizz was set up 18 months ago to support families in Suffolk and promote transparent fundraising.

“Since then, every individual or business who has supported the charity knows exactly where every penny they have donated or raised has gone.

“We have a long list of families who need our help as well as special schools across Suffolk. But we are always more than happy to hear from anyone who feels GeeWizz could support them or their loved ones.

“We also want to hear from businesses and individuals who would like to get involved in GeeWizz. The more money we can raise, the more families we can support.

“I have been blown away by the huge generosity our local community has shown to GeeWizz and I would like to say a massive thank you to Archant Suffolk, and the two editors Terry Hunt and Brad Jones, for supporting us in this special way.”

GeeWizz has raised almost £150,000 in support of local families since the charitable foundation was launched 18 months ago. And the incredible support it has received from the generous community will continue in the coming months with a host of fab fundraising events planned by businesses and individuals.

The charity will also be supported this weekend with a five-a-side tournament in Thetford on Saturday and the annual raft race at Needham Market Lake through the continued support of Duncan and Kara Foster and Kara’s company Encore Wellness.

In particular, the couple’s fundraising will help support Ipswich youngster Luke Cattermole, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

Next week sees the launch of the new Lacy Scott Knight auction centre on Thursday 7th June with the company using the event to fundraise for GeeWizz.

The charity’s ambassador, and former England and Ipswich footballer Terry Butcher, is due to attend.

Completing a fantastic 10 days of fundraising, renowned Bury restaurant Maison Bleue is hosting an art exhibition, in conjunction with local artist Ruth Simpson and the Wildwood Gallery on Sunday 11th June.  In particular, the event will be raising essential funds for Riverwalk School in Bury.

Tickets for the art show, which starts at 11am, are available directly from Maison Bleue priced at £15 and there will also be a raffle drawn on the day for one of Ruth’s landscape paintings depicting a Suffolk meadow. Both event tickets and raffle tickets can be purchased via info@maisonbleue.co.uk or by calling 01284 760623.

The charity has also been supported by a fashion show organised by Geraldine Milsom on Tuesday 19th September at The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

To find out more about GeeWizz and these events, please visit www.geewizzcharity.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Lucy Brown

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