“We are truly grateful for all the inspirational support and enthusiasm we receive from our GeeWizz friends and fundraisers” Aileen Belsberg, CEO
The GeeWizz Charitable Foundation is a very special, small charity where transparency in all giving is paramount. Our mission is to support children and young adults, across Suffolk, with high dependency disabilities, life-limiting illness, or cancer, as well as supporting Sarcoma Cancer research and many capital projects.
Our aim is simple - to provide much needed specialist equipment for every child and young adult we support to enhance and improve the quality of life for them, their families, and friends.
We truly believe in #transparentgiving and control our costs to ensure that funds raised or donated are carefully spent and focused on helping to change local lives. Transparent giving is at the heart of The GeeWizz Charitable Foundation.
Alexia has Quadripledgic Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Visually impairment, and is Globally Delayed and uses the hydra pool for crucial physio. GeeWizz funded £3,600.00 towards a year’s supply of electricity for Alexia Sinclair new hydra pool, through the Milsoms Charity Fashion Show. The hydra pool has wonderful benefits for Alexia's mobility by building her balance, strength, and coordination. We hope to fund £2000 towards Alexia electricity bill this year, to provide Alexia with the opportunity to aid her physiotherapy and development for a second year in a row.
Alfie, aged 11 attends Westgate Primary School, Bury St Edmunds, who is hearing-impaired. GeeWizz has previously supported the hearing-impaired unit at the school, by providing much-needed chargers, as, sadly the students hearing aids ran out of battery by lunchtime. GeeWizz also installed an assembly sound system to support their learning needs."From The moment we met Geewizz they have given us nothing but kindness, love and support and that in itself means so much. Geewizz brought our son’s school much needed hearing impairment equipment and a new hall sound system enabling every school day that little bit easier for Alfie. We are forever grateful for all they do. Being a part of the Geewizz family means you are apart of something very wonderful, it means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life" - Thank you GeeWizz, with love Andrea Denny x
"It is such an honour for Dylan to be chosen to be supported by GeeWizz Charity. A tennis wheelchair will make a huge difference to his performance on court. His dream is to pursue his tennis career. This generous donation will give him the focus and opportunity to strive for just that. Thank you GeeWizz for believing in him." - Kat Murray, Dylan's Mum
Emily has multiple health conditions including severe heart and kidney problems, she is also blind. She is non-mobile, nil by mouth due to digestive and gastro issues. Funds raised from the Ultimate Charity Auction, enabled Emily to go on an adventure of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris to make magical memories with her family.
Isobel was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a type of soft tissue sarcoma, in February 2020 when she was 12. She was sent home from school due to the pain in her leg and was diagnosed with sarcoma around 2 weeks later. She has received chemotherapy and surgery, including an amputation of her leg as part of her treatment. GeeWizz has provided Izzy with multiple smartCRUTCH & Elbow Crutches. Once Covid Restrictions ease, GeeWizz has organised for Izzy and her family to spend a weekend in London and to go to the theatre.
6-year-old Jasmine lives with her mum Sally and twin sister Summer in Beck Row, near Bury St Edmunds. She sadly suffers from Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, a neurological condition that permanently affects muscle control and co-ordination and can cause frequent muscle spasms and tensing. This awful condition can seriously reduce the sufferers mobility. Jasmine underwent an operation a couple of years ago to help release the tendons in her legs, after this operation she required intense physiotherapy to enable her to walk and move around independently. GeeWizz have proudly funded twice weekly physiotherapy for Jasmine, who is now mobile with the help of her walking frame. We have also supported the family by providing new flooring and taking down a wall in their home, meaning Jasmine has a flat, even surface to practice her walking on and play with her sister Summer.
Kieran, sadly has quadriplegic cerebral Palsy which effects his limbs and loss of his whole body making him wheelchair bound. We are so proud to have supported Kieran and his family over the years by funding his electric wheelchair and crucial weekly physiotherapy. Kieran infectious smile and sense of humour is so precious to us. Keep smiling Kieran.
Luke is 17 years old and sadly has Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy – Meaning he is unable to walk or talk and do so many things that a teenager would take for granted. We have supported Luke by purchasing a much-needed hoist, sensory garden items and extended support by Encore Wellness who has supported them at Christmas and has just purchased season tickets for Luke and his brothers to enjoy as a family. The hoist has completely helped change Luke’s life and he absolutely love the outdoor chimes and sensory garden items. Luke sadly is unable to do things like go on a slide, but the toys has given him the chance to play with his brothers in the garden. It’s such a simple thing that adds so much to Luke’s quality of life.
Mum Kirsty said: “GeeWizz has given us so many new opportunities. The hoist allows us to lift Luke in and out of chairs so we can think about going on holiday.
Mick (Michael) has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle wasting syndrome. Mick is non-mobile and requires 24/7 care. He lives with his inspirational mum, Lynn. We are so proud to support Mick and will be forever grateful that he, and his late brother Sprock so kindly organised a wonderful tea party in 2019 with their close friends and family, raising an amazing £2,888 #CharitySuperstars
Sponsorship of the new kit, mirroring Bury Town FC’s First Team’s kit, enabling the Disability Team to progress from training sessions to actual matches.
“Lockdown has been a tough time for all grassroots players, both physically and mentally, but getting a fantastic new kit sponsored has given the team a real boost.” Rob Gannaway, Team Coach.
Under the auspices of LTA Suffolk GeeWizz will also support Tennis Disability initiatives, including junior and adult wheelchair sessions, coaching in special educational needs schools and colleges across the county and tennis festivals with a carousel of activities. These programmes will be delivered by LTA Suffolk Disability Tennis in partnership with local tennis clubs, schools, colleges, Mencap, Suffolk MIND and the NHS.
Funding to Theatre Royal’s new Non Verbal Youth Theatre groups until 2025. The new Non Verbal groups will support young people who are learning disabled or neurodivergent helping to build their confidence, make new friends and encourage participation in non-verbal creative play. By using a non-verbal delivery style, this will allow all young people (verbal or non-verbal) to take ownership of activities facilitated by Theatre Royal’s team of highly skilled practitioners, and express themselves within a creative process that is accessible to their creative differences.
A purposefully designed apartment to help young adults with learning disabilities to learn everyday skills, allowing them to go onto assisted living and a life where independence can become a reality.
Bespoke accommodation for short breaks and an outreach programme, with specialist palliative care nurses, for young adults aged 14 upwards from across East Anglia with life-limiting illnesses. This programme has been funded by proceeds raised from the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction.
Funding and project management of an entire redevelopment of the playground. Attended by pupils from across Suffolk, aged 4 – 16 years, with high dependency disabilities and special educational needs, the previous playground was inaccessible to pupils in wheelchairs. With works well underway, the new playground will feature sensory areas, a sound tunnel, creative spaces, beach huts and a woodland area.
"Our wildest dreams are now coming true only because of GeeWizz and the Ed Sheeran Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction!" Helen MacDougall Headteacher of Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy Ipswich, Suffolk.
Specialist equipment for hearing impaired pupils to benefit from revolutionary technology, including microphones, hearing aid chargers and a new sound system.
GeeWizz has also transformed learning by enabling special educational needs pupils to access soothing sensory displays and educational games during lessons through the provision of a sensory magic carpet at The Riverwalk School Bury St Edmunds, The Bridge School, Ipswich, The Priory Bury St Edmunds, and Hillside School Sudbury.
An annual, fun, autumnal opportunity for families, schools and the community to come together. Raising funds for our projects whilst welcoming children with disabilities and their families to enjoy the event as our guests, with pumpkins donated to West Suffolk Hospital.
Inspiring and mentoring students to take an active part in their community, developing fund raising initiatives, whilst learning vital business and marketing skills culminating in active participation in Global Enterprise Week.
"A group of ten young people took part in the National Citizen Service to support the GeeWizz charity with a charity car wash at Fornham Business Court. They also helped plan prizes for the Ultimate Charity Auction, the global online fundraiser to raise money for GeeWizz and the League Manager Association Charity" Gina Long MBE, Founder.