Friday 24th June welcomed the return of GeeWizz Charity’s fabulous Midsummer Night’s Party. Held at the home of GeeWizz supporters and ambassadors, Guy and Julie Nicholls’, Brightwell Hall Farm. The idyllic setting hosted 470 guests to raise funds for the very special local charity.
A colossal £137,893 net of costs was raised on the night from auction prizes generously donated by local companies, GeeWizz Ambassadors, and friends as well as a golden ticket draw. The funds raised from the Midsummer Night’s Party will be used to support children and young adults across Suffolk, who are learning disabled or neurodivergent, have a life-limiting illness or cancer, as well as supporting Sarcoma Cancer research and many capital projects.
Thanks to the support of the sponsors and attendees, GeeWizz will focus on four projects very close to their hearts. Purchasing new EyeGazer equipment for Mick Fulcher, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the EyeGazer is his only way of communicating with the outside world; providing specialist sports frames for Coplestonians FC Frame Football Team; continuing their work with Suffolk Lawn Tennis Association to provide All-Inclusive Tennis programmes across the county; and continue their support of the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal Non-Verbal Youth Theatre Programme for SENDs children and young adults.
GeeWizz, CEO Aileen Belsberg says: ‘Our 3rd Midsummer Night’s Party has again surpassed our expectations. Our sponsors, event partners and auction donors all generously supported the fundraising evening above and beyond what we could have wished for. The energy and generosity in the room was tangible, all there to help local lives. I am truly grateful for the support by all involved, because of their kindness we can now fund four much-needed projects and equipment.’
The evening saw a hugely successful Golden Ticket draw with a Staycation and Spa weekend donated by Milsom Kesgrave. Auctioneer Edward Crichton ASFAV, of Lacy Scott & Knight led the auction which was filled with incredible Lots.
Auction prizes included, a fully installed SMART Garden Office; an invitation from Rolls Royce to attend the Salon Prive 2022; VIP Pub in the Park tickets; a VIP festival experience at Defected Croatia; a sculpture from internationally acclaimed Sculptor Shaun Brosnan; a private dining experience with Pascal Canevet at Maison Bleue; and a VIP JCB Factory Tour, amongst other very special lots. Without their incredible support, the event would not have been the success it was.
Guests filled the dance floor with entertainment from world-renowned RPJ Band, and their lead singer Rick Parfitt Jnr, for what was a truly remarkable performance.
Sponsors of the GeeWizz Midsummer Night’s Party include joint main sponsors TRU7 Group and Abbeygate Wealth Management, supported by ChassisCab DAF, Krazy Horse, SMART Garden Offices, TruckEast and Whip Street Motors. The support given to GeeWizz Charity, all pivotal to the evening’s success.
“The TRU7 Group is extremely proud to be a main sponsor for GeeWizz Charity’s Midsummer Night’s Party 2022. We are proud as a Suffolk family, Suffolk business and a Suffolk employer to be supporting a Suffolk charity, helping change local lives.” – Guy Nicholls, Tru7 Group
“We are very proud to again, be the main sponsor of GeeWizz’s Midsummer Party. As a charity we have supported them from day one and we remain in all active work they do helping change so many Suffolk lives. It is something we are extremely proud to be associated with.” – James Stott, Abbeygate Wealth Management
The Midsummer Party was catered by Milsoms who served a delicious champagne canape reception, followed by a sumptuous 3-course dinner. The meat for the evening was kindly provided by Clark & Son, with all the potatoes coming from Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin. A huge thank you to the incredible generosity of Greene King who provided all the wine and beer for the evening.
The Great Event Company, Dreamwave Events, TDC Cordless Lighting, Coastline Graphics, EFBH Films, Fornham Business Court, St Edmundsbury Wealth Management, Sun Skips, and Windmills Florist, all helped create the most magical party setting.
Head to our gallery to see the wonderful photos from the night: https://www.geewizzcharity.com/gallery
And a massive thank you to all our fantastic Event Partners, Bury Free Press, Coastline, Dreamwave, East Anglian Daily Times, Fornham Business Court, Great Events, Greene King, Hall Farm, Milsom Catering, St Edmundsbury Wealth Management, SunSkips, TDC Cordless Lighting, and Windmills Florist.
And finally, a big thank you to all our incredible auction donors, Chassis Cab, Corptel, Defected Croatia, Greene King, Hall Farm, JCB, Krazy Horse, Maison Bleue, Milsom, Nethergate Wines, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Shaun Brosnan MRSS, SMART Garden Offices, talkSPORT, and The Wine Cellar.