Local businesses unite with GeeWizz to fund sensory magic carpet

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Kind-hearted businesses and individuals have joined forces with a Suffolk-based charity to purchase much-needed sensory equipment for a local special school.

Young students at Riverwalk School in Bury St Edmunds have begun benefitting from a ‘Magic Carpet’ sensory mat.

The purchase was made possible thanks to a series of fundraising events, organised in support of the GeeWizz charitable foundation, including an auction at Lacy Scott and Knight and an art exhibition at Maison Bleue.

Other donations and support came from TMJ Interiors, St Edmundsbury Financial Services and The Last Family.

A special presentation was held at the school this week with donors seeing early years children interacting with the equipment.

Jan Hatchell, headteacher at Riverwalk, said: “We are indebted to our local businesses and GeeWizz for this fantastic donation.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported the fundraising for the Magic Carpet. It is a fantastic way to engage with the children and motivate them. 

“You can see how much they enjoy it and we know a happy child is always going to learn.”

Magic carpet children playing at Riverwalk SchoolThe interactive Magic Carpet will be used by nursery and reception children with the sensory equipment also used to enhance personal and social development.

Eddie Crichton, partner at Lacy Scott & Knight, said: “As a father-of-four, it has been truly humbling to visit the school and see how our fundraising has supported their fantastic work.

“GeeWizz is a fabulous charity and this is a great school on our doorstep – we are delighted to be supporting both.”

Karine Canevetjoint owner of Maison Bleue, added: “We have supported GeeWizz from day one because we know the money we raise goes directly to supporting people in our community.

“This transparent giving is extremely important to us and it is wonderful to see the young pupils at Riverwalk School really enjoy and benefit from this equipment.”

The presentation was also attended by GeeWizz ambassador, and former England Ipswich Town footballer, Terry Butcher, charity trustee Andrew Long and new GeeWizz Executive Manager Crystal Barber.

Crystal said: “GeeWizz prides itself on our transparent giving and the fact anyone who supports the charity can see first-hand how their fundraising and donations make a direct difference in their community.

“The Magic Carpet will clearly benefit so many young pupils at Riverwalk School and this would not have been possible without businesses supporting GeeWizz.

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