The GeeWizz Secret Garden Ball

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The GeeWizz Secret Garden Ball

The GeeWizz Secret Garden Ball held Friday 14th October 2016 was the first big fundraising evening organised by the charity.

The magnificent black-tie event was sold out four months before the big night which was held at the wonderful surroundings of The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in partnership with the Suffolk Magazine and Paul Milsom, owner of Milsoms.

It was supported by former England cricketer Graeme Swann, Suffolk operatic star Laura Wright, who performed, and popular television presenter Chris Hollins who was the MC for the evening.

My heartfelt thanks for supporting this wonderful evening helping raise crucially needed funds. We are here to help children, young adults and their families with disabilities or living with life-threatening diseases and those who are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, along with supporting essential cancer research into this horrible disease, especially Sarcoma.

— Gina Long MBE

Secret Garden Ball photography kindly donated by David Garrad




A message from Jayne Lindill

Editor – EADT Suffolk Magazine

EADT Suffolk Magazine is proud and delighted to support Gina Long and GeeWizz as media partner for the charity’s first major fundraising event. We applaud Gina for her tireless work raising money to help improve the lives of so many people in Suffolk, and wish her success in everything she undertakes.

We’re especially happy to be associated with GeeWizz because we share the same values and goals. Gina has established the charity so that she can be sure every penny of the money it raises will go directly to the people who need it. In a global age, where there is so much competition for our attention and our donations, it’s more important than ever to act locally.

Our philosophy – and that of our sister publication, the East Anglian Daily Times – is always to put the people of Suffolk first. What matters to them, matters to us, and through our pages and websites, we will continue to highlight their hopes, aspirations, achievements, triumphs and tragedies, so that life in Suffolk can only get better.

I hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I’d like to thank all the businesses and individuals that are supporting GeeWizz and the ball, the celebrities and stars who have risen to the occasion so magnificently, and those who have so generously donated – and participated – in the auction.


A message from Paul Milsom

Managing Director – Milsoms Hotels and Restaurants

Milsoms Hotels and Restaurants are delighted to be officially partnering with the GeeWizz charitable foundation for this special evening.

I have worked closely with Gina for a number of years and her passion and enthusiasm for charity work and fundraising are infectious.

It is our pleasure, and that of everyone connected to Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, to host this charity ball in The Hangar – the first big fundraising night for the GeeWizz Charity.

The charity’s aim – to support children and young adults living with life-threatening conditions or disabilities and those who are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly – is something that can resonate with us all.

We hope you have a wonderful evening at The Hangar. We would also like to wish Gina and the entire GeeWizz team all our best wishes for a successful and profitable fundraising evening.


A message from James Rook

Managing Director – Sanctuary Personnel

As Managing Director of Sanctuary Personnel, I am delighted to be showing our support for the inaugural GeeWizz Charity Ball. It is an honour to be here helping to raise funds for such a wonderful cause.

Tonight will be an emotional evening, as I am aware of the devastating effects caused by Sarcoma. Last year, Kimberley Sale, the daughter of one of our longest-serving employees, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a type of cancer which affects bone and soft tissue, and in Kim’s case the tumour was found to be growing in her calf muscle.

Unfortunately, Kim had no choice but to have an above-knee amputation, as the chemotherapy treatment only produced a 5% reduction in the size of her tumour, and it was situated too close to the neurovascular bundle in her leg to operate and remove just the tumour itself.

Kimberley’s bravery and determination over the past year have been remarkable, and I’m sure you will be inspired to donate to the GeeWizz Charity as you hear more about this extraordinary young lady throughout the evening.


A message from Lindsey Bennister

Chief Executive – Sarcoma UK

Sarcoma UK is delighted to have been chosen as a beneficiary of the GeeWizz Secret Garden Ball and the Ultimate Charity Auction.

I first met Gina Long earlier this year and I have been inspired by her dedication and drive to help a cause that is so close to her heart.

Gina has a very special talent for raising vast sums for the causes which matter most to her. It is a privilege to work together with her in her role as Sarcoma UK’s first Ambassador, supporting us in our mission to amplify sarcoma awareness, inspire involvement, and fund groundbreaking research to transform the lives of everyone affected by sarcoma.

Sarcoma is a unique and challenging type of cancer. It can develop anywhere in the body, in the bone or soft tissue. Every day, 10 people are diagnosed with sarcoma in the UK. Half of these will not survive.

This cruel cancer particularly affects children and young people. Treatment options are limited and often involve extensive and disfiguring surgery, amputation, and harsh chemotherapy regimes. Sarcoma UK has pledged to invest over £3 million into sarcoma research by 2020 with the aim of finding effective treatment for the disease within the next 10 years. Your support tonight is vital to help us achieve this, and will make an enormous impact on all families touched by sarcoma.

On behalf of us all at Sarcoma UK, thank you for your generosity and support for Sarcoma UK.