100% Charity Pumpkin Patch raises over £14,000 for local children
The GeeWizz Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze, which took place this year between Saturday 19th and Sunday 27th October just outside Bury St Edmunds, has raised a fantastic £14,284.45.
The event which is held at Hall Farm, Fornham St. Martin, near Bury St Edmunds, is thought to be the first ‘100% to charity’ Pumpkin Patch in the UK and raised funds to support children and young adults living in and around Suffolk who sadly suffer from a life-threatening condition, disability and cancer.
In its second year, the popular event attracted hundreds of families from across Suffolk, despite the unfortunate downpours forcing the closure of the Pumpkin Patch for a few hours on a couple of days.
The nine-day event is the brainchild of GeeWizz Founder Gina Long MBE, who visited pumpkin patches in California with her own children twenty-five years ago.
The patch offered free entry and parking, fun family activities and free entry to the Maize Maze and Scarecrow Trail, with donations kindly welcomed for each pumpkin.
Jade Perry, Event Organiser from GeeWizz Charity, said: “We are completely overwhelmed by the community support we received at this year’s Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze. It was our pleasure to be able to provide families from across the county with a fun packed, memorable day out that doesn’t have to cost more than a couple of pounds.’
“Every donation for every pumpkin picked during this year’s event will help change a local life.”
“We have some exciting ideas lined up for the next 100% charity Pumpkin Patch and can’t wait to welcome our visitors along once again.”
This year, the event launched with a private viewing day, kindly sponsored by Treatt plc, where children and young adults with life-threatening conditions, disabilities, and sensory or special needs were invited to enjoy a memorable day out with their families, receiving a free hot chocolate and pumpkin, before the patch opened to the public.
The event would not have been possible without the support of many committed volunteers and local companies such as RSM UK, Handelsbanken, Ashtons Legal, Greene & Greene, Natwest and Sarcoma UK who all sent teams for dedicated volunteer days.
In preparation for the event,10,000 seeds were kindly donated by Tozer Seeds and were planted in May by the team at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin.
Gina Long, Founder of GeeWizz, said: “The rain didn’t stop the smiles and we are blown away by how much has been raised.”
“We thank everyone for their incredible support, I hoped our second Pumpkin Patch would again prove a seasonal highlight in West Suffolk, while also raising money for GeeWizz Charity, which supports families in the local community.”
A special thanks to everyone who made the Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze possible, especially Coastline Graphics who kindly created and donated all signage for the event, and Greene & Greene Solicitors for organising the fantastic Scarecrow Trail, which was enjoyed by adults and children alike.