The GeeWizz Charitable Foundation is a very special, small charity based just outside Bury St Edmunds with big ambition, to support children and young adults, across Suffolk and Norfolk, with high dependency disabilities, life-limiting illness, and cancer.

Nationally, GeeWizz helps fund Genomics Cancer Research for Sarcoma Cancer, working with Sarcoma UK. Over the last five years, GeeWizz has donated £132,000 to Sarcoma UK to fund vital research into the disease.

On a wider scale, GeeWizz supports many capital projects, by funding schemes, legacy projects, and specialist equipment for special educational needs schools and colleges. This ranges from rebuilding SEND’s School playgrounds to, an apartment purposefully designed at West Suffolk College, to enabling young adults to learn life skills and to live independently, to purchasing bespoke equipment.

At GeeWizz we consider it an absolute privilege to be able to help make a difference by supporting Schools, Colleges, Individual Families, through the provision of vital equipment, Magic Carpets, Mobility Hoists, Hearing Aid Chargers and Microphones, Electric Beds, bespoke Specialist Wheelchairs, Specifically designed Car Seats and so much more. This directly impacts the quality of life for the children, young adults, and their family members, all of whom are part of our ‘GeeWizz Family’.

GeeWizz works closely with other charities and is extremely passionate about transparent giving.

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Perfect Total Announced From Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Fundraiser

Suffolk charity GeeWizz announces that the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction has raised an incredible and life-changing £406,000 in bids, added to this is an additional £100,000 donation. This brings the total raised to over £500,000 for children and young people, across East Anglia, with disabilities and life-limiting illness.

Over 220 highly collectable items of memorabilia, artworks and experiences went under the virtual, online hammer, attracting bids from around the world.

The Auction featured personal items donated by Ed Sheeran and his family, and was also supported by international musicians, artists and sports legends.   Bidders were also able to choose from a wide range of fine dining, hospitality, entertainment, sporting and live music experiences including the chance to attend the 2022 GRAMMY Awards.

Image: John Sheeran
Image: Doug Atfield

Ed Sheeran’s abstract painting Dab 2, the only artwork he has ever made available for public sale, was the star lot reaching £40,000 whilst his handwritten lyrics for Perfect, dedicated to his wife Cherry, fetched £23,500.  Other top lots included a signed Damien Hirst print fetching £20,000, an original page of script from Love Actually at £17,000. Colin Davidson’s Ed Sheeran sketch which raised £12,400 and John Mayer’s PRS Silver Sky guitar went for £5,100. Even a small handful of Ed Sheeran’s childhood Lego added to the final total at an incredible £4,150.

The Auction was organised by Gina Long, founder of GeeWizz children’s charity, working closely with Ed’s parents John and Imogen Sheeran, who wanted to create a lasting legacy from the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Exhibition in Ipswich, which opened last year.

Without the incredible generosity of Ed, John and Imogen Sheeran, our sponsors, auction lot donors from around the world, our Legacy Auction fundraiser would simply not have happened.” Gina Long said. “We are especially indebted to our headline sponsor Guy Nicholls of tru7 Group, who an addition to the £406,000 we have raised in the online auction,  has donated a further £100,000, bringing our total raised to over £500,000. Seeing the huge amount, we have raised, fills all of us on the auction team with joy, knowing our wonderful legacy projects can now become a reality. The response has been truly remarkable, especially during such challenging and uncertain times.   But it is in this very different world that the need to deliver our two life-changing legacy projects could not be greater. Our legacy auction is literally going to change many lives for the better, that has to be the greatest gift of all.”

All proceeds from the auction will help GeeWizz children’s charity and Zest (St Elizabeth Hospice) to fund two vital projects supporting children, teenagers and young people across East Anglia with special educational needs, high dependency disabilities, life-limiting illness and cancer.

John Sheeran, Ed’s father said: “The total raised is way beyond our expectations and we are so pleased that it will create important lasting legacies to improve the quality of care and wellbeing for children and young adults across Suffolk and beyond, Imogen and I would like to thank everyone who generously donated lots, joined in the bidding, and organised and supported the auction. We cannot think of a better legacy for the exhibition to leave.”

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A note from Gina…

‘I have always believed very strongly in the positive difference charities can make to individuals, families and communities. It’s an absolute privilege and honour to help change the lives of local children, young adults, and their families, who are living with a life-threatening disability, or are affected by cancer.

Meeting and working with such amazing, inspirational children, young adults and their families, is the greatest gift I have ever been given, and is a real highlight of my forty five years as a campaigner and fundraiser. They leave me in awe, and seeing their happiness, which shines through having been supported by GeeWizz, is the greatest reward of all. I am forever overwhelmed by the incredible support freely given by everyone who so generously supports us, who without exception, honoured their pre-pandemic sponsorship commitments, donated lots and vital expertise and services in kind. Thanks to them and in particular, my dear friend and GeeWizz Ambassador Guy Nicholls, Tru7 Group for his £100,000 donation, along with his invaluable continued support, something that is never taken for granted.

Over the years mentoring individuals and other charities has become part of my day-today life, it’s something hugely important to me, sharing knowledge and experience helping others grow’.