GeeWizz was created to help children, young adults and their families, living with a disability, and those affected by cancer, particularly Sarcoma.
In order to maximise its support, GeeWizz has a distinct focus and expertise in 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.
Each year the GeeWizz team is focused on raising £200,000 so that it can make a difference to many local families. We are able to make a difference through purchasing specialist electric wheelchairs, bespoke-designed car seats, electric beds, mobility hoists and so much more.
A voluntary fundraiser and charity campaigner for more than 40 years, Gina Long MBE has helped raise almost £4 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.
Among her many charitable achievements, she founded the Ultimate Charity Auction which has raised more than £1 million since its inception in 2011.
Away from fundraising, Gina is a ‘farmer’s wife’ living on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds with her husband Andrew. She has two children, Samuel and Alexandra, and five stepchildren James, Charles, Georgina, Thomas and Olivia.
A third generation farmer, Andrew Long was born and bred in Suffolk and is delighted that a large proportion of the money raised by GeeWizz will remain in the county and region.
Andrew shares his wife Gina’s desire to give something back to their local community, and to ensure that funds raised goes to the individual or family targeted.
He was also instrumental in helping launch the Classic Cars by the Lake for St Nicholas Hospice Care, held at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin.
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.
Mark has been a long-term supporter of the fundraising of Gina Long MBE and continued this desire to change local lives together from the moment GeeWizz was formed.
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.