All that glitters turns golden for GeeWizz and Inspire Suffolk

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A glittering charity ball which brought together two of Suffolk’s most-loved charities has been hailed a fantastic success.

The Glitter Ball was held at Milsoms The Hangar in Kesgrave Hall on Friday 10th November, in support of Inspire Suffolk and the GeeWizz charitable foundation – and raised an incredible £52,565 for the two charities.

Around 260 guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment, hosted by television presenter and journalist Chris Hollins, with a grand auction adding to the final total raised.

Gina Long MBE, founder of GeeWizz, said she was blown away by the community support which helped make the evening such a success – including auction prizes and other donations from business and individuals in the Bury St Edmunds area.

She said: “It was a wonderful night where everyone in the room has made a direct difference to their local community by raising crucial funds for our charities.

“It has been wonderful working with Inspire Suffolk as we share a passion and commitment to provide life-changing support and intervention to all we work with.”

Terry Baxter, chief executive of Inspire Suffolk, said: “We have always received fantastic support for our Inspire Suffolk events and we were delighted to partner up with GeeWizz for this special occasion.

“We would like to join Gina and the GeeWizz team in thanking everyone who supporting the evening and helped raise a fantastic amount for so many worthwhile causes.”

Inspire Suffolk supports young people to overcome challenges and take positive steps in their lives to help them back into employment and further training.

While GeeWizz will use the money raised to support local disabled people or young people and families living with cancer.

The grand auction, hosted by Edward Crichton of Lacy Scott and Knight, was a huge draw with star prizes donated by the likes of Beatles photographer Tom Murray and a chance to have the award-winning Pascal and Karine Canevet prepare a sumptuous meal for eight people in your own home – which went for an amazing £3,200 on the night.

Other prizes were donated by Krazy Horse and Thurlow Champness Jewellers while Bury St Edmunds-based Tudor Rose Florist donated ‘thank you’ bouquets for the organising team and other supporters.

Internationally renowned Ben Mosley was the evening’s ‘artist in residence’, live-painting a unique work of art which the audience could bid for as well while entertainment came courtesy of the Ashton Jones Project and Sound 4 Pro Audio Discotheque.

The evening was sponsored by TMJ Interiors, Tippers ’R’ Us, Milsom Hotels and Restaurants, Trucks ‘R’ Us and Momentum pension specialists.

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