Letter to the Bury Free Press
They say Christmas is the time for giving and the GeeWizz charity has certainly been touched by some incredible festive spirit and goodwill over the last few weeks.
We were privileged to be part of the Christmas lights switch-on events in both Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket last week.
Both events showcased their respective towns in the best possible light as residents, businesses and visitors came together for a very special occasion.
In Bury, the charity night and switch-on saw shops in and around Hatter Street open late on the evening for the first time.
They also organised a grand raffle for our GeeWizz Jasmine Appeal raising an incredible £1,890.72 which was kindly drawn by Liz O’Riordan and Mark Cordell from Our Bury St Edmunds.
This in keeping with the wonderful support the campaign has had since it launched in the pages of the Bury Free Press last month. Thank you to all readers for their support.
Just 24 hours later, we were in another West Suffolk town centre – but an equally special one – as we joined forces with Graham Philpot, Lesley Ferguson and Di Robertshaw from the Newmarket BID team.
The success of these events comes about through a lot of hard work by so many, including my wonderful GeeWizz team and all our wonderful volunteers.
I must also say a very special thank you to the West Suffolk College performing arts students who kindly collected for GeeWizz at both evenings as part of their Global Enterprise Week.
These students are an inspiration to us all and I know the future of fundraising in our local community is in very good hands.
It has been a magical start to the Christmas period as we continue our mission to support local families and change local lives together. Thank you all.
Gina Long MBE
Founder of GeeWizz