The GeeWizz Charitable Foundation focuses on providing specialist equipment to children and young adults up to the age of 21, living in Suffolk and Norfolk and with life-threatening conditions, a disability or cancer:
- To help fund the provision of equipment, including wheelchairs and other healthcare equipment, for children with physical disabilities in Suffolk & Norfolk
- To support potential developments in care for children affected by cancer and their families in outpatient, inpatient and home settings.
- To support education (professional and lay) and research into cancer treatment and care.
#Transparent giving We control our costs to ensure that every £1 donated or raised is carefully spent and focused on helping to change lives.
Each year we are focused on raising £200,000 so that it can make a difference to many local families.
Gina Long MBE
Gina Long MBE Founder of GeeWizz is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, free-lance journalist, and global charity campaigner. She was awarded a MBE for services to the charity sector in December 2015. She was made a Honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk in October 2018.
Among her many charitable achievements, she has raised nearly £7 million.
Gina founded one of the first Global Online Auctions, the Ultimate Charity Auction which has raised more than £1.8 million since its inception in 2011.
In 2020, Gina created and organised the Ed Sheeran Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction. A total of £506,000 was raised to fund legacy projects – the redevelopment of a much-need playground at the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy in Ipswich and the introduction of a specialist nursing team – including learning disability and palliative care nurses and physiotherapists – at the Zest service, run by St Elizabeth Hospice. Thanks to the auction, these crucial projects can now be a reality. The auction saw Gina and her small team work closely with John and Imogen Sheeran
Prizes were donated by global superstars from the world of music and sport, artists, festivals and many organisations.
Away from fundraising, Gina mentors and supports other charities, and is a ‘farmer’s wife’ living on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds with her husband Andrew.
Andrew Long – Trustee
A third generation farmer, Andrew Long was born and bred in Suffolk. Andrew shares his wife Gina’s desire to give something back to their local community, and to ensure that funds raised are directed to support the individual and families in need; keeping control on costs.
Alongside Gina he was instrumental in helping launch the annual fundraiser Classic Cars by the Lake for St Nicholas Hospice Care, held at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin.
Andrew has supported GeeWizz Charity Foundation as a highly regarded trustee; jointly responsible for the direction and management of the foundation.
Clive Last – Chairman
Born and raised in Bury St. Edmund’s, Suffolk. During Clive’s distinguished 50 year career having started in local banking, moving to J Mann & Son as credit manager, he quickly progressed to company secretary then director. In 1980 he lead the sale of Mann’s to the Claas Group. Moving to the USA to head up Claas’ North American operations, returning to the UK in 1987 as CEO of Claas UK at Saxham, where he remained as CEO/Chairman until his official retirement in 2012. In the later years at Claas, he served on the Group strategic committee, working in Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, USA, Canada and Ireland as agricultural distribution went through a major change. In retirement, he continues to be involved with the Claas Family’s farming business.
Married to Linda for 50 years, their children and grandchildren are paramount in their lives.
An avid sportsman and lifelong Tottenham Spurs fan having spent several years as a soccer coach in the UK and the US. The development of young people has always been a priority throughout Clive’s life, it’s something he continued at Claas with the introduction of their modern apprentice scheme and graduate entry programme.
Charity has always played a significant role in his life, however, he became somewhat disillusioned with major national charities because of their high administration costs. Since GeeWizz Charitable Foundation was founded in 2015, whilst working with Andrew and Gina Long on their Business Court development, Clive was impressed by the transparency, low operating costs and local focus of the charity. He has been a steadfast supporter of GeeWizz and Clive was ‘shocked and delighted’ when Gina asked him to become the Charity’s Chairman after Mark Gaywood stood down after 3 successful years at the helm. Clive added ‘In following Mark’s Chairmanship, I have big shoes to fill but a challenge to which I’m looking forward.’
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