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
A philanthropist, voluntary fundraiser, mentor and charity campaigner for more than 40 years, Gina Long MBE has helped raise almost £7 million for national and local charities. In December 2015 Gina was honoured to be awarded an MBE for her Charitable Services in East Anglia in the New Year’s Honours List. She was made a Honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk in October 2018.
Among her many charitable achievements, she founded the Ultimate Charity Auction which has raised more than £1.8 million since its inception in 2011.
Also as a volunteer, she regularly writes columns and articles, interviewing and championing successful businesses, individuals, celebrities and entrepreneurs as well as highlighting national and regional charity fundraising achievements and events.
In 2020, Gina created and organised the Ed Sheeran Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction. A total of £506,000 was raised to fund two 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 working closely with John and Imogen Sheeran, parents to Ed Sheeran, the global singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, who donated several prizes, along with many other global superstars, artists and organisations.
Away from fundraising, she continues to devote her life to running GeeWizz charity – alongside advising many other charities and mentoring students and entrepreneurs throughout the UK.
Gina 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.
Mark Gaywood – Chairman
Mark Gaywood was appointed the first ever Chairman of the GeeWizz charitable foundation in February 2018 – bringing a level of business acumen and charity experience to the role. He has been a long-term supporter of the fundraising of Gina Long MBE, and together with Andrew Long, they continue a desire to change local lives.
He, and his wife Debra, kindly agreed to be official Friends of GeeWizz and Momentum Pensions, the company he founded and is now group chairman of, was a main sponsor of our Glitter Ball in 2017.
A former board director for two international banks, Mark shares GeeWizz’s values around transparency and integrity and we look forward to a long and fruitful time under Mark’s chairmanship.
You can support our work today by donating via the GeeWizz just giving page.
We appreciate every £1 raised; helping us support local lives.
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Becoming a ‘Friend’ of GeeWizz charitable foundation gives you a chance to truly make a difference in your local community.