As champions of GeeWizz, we are delighted to celebrate our ambassadors and the enormous contribution they make, year-on-year, in so many valuable ways.
Ben’s work has featured at events and exhibitions in London, New York, Miami, Dubai and Barcelona and his global brand associations include Wembley Stadium, and Manchester United. His ‘Fans of the World’ artwork was chosen by McDonald’s for their fries box as part of their sponsorship campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was seen by 65 million people worldwide.
An official artist for Team GB, Ben’s live paintings of well known city skylines and collaborations with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Alan Shearer, have helped Ben raise over £750,000 for vital causes. Collectors and endorsers of his work include luminaries such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard and Mike and Zara Tindall. To find out more about Ben please visit www.benmosleyart.com
Shaun Brosnan is a sculptor living and working in Hastings,East Sussex, born in 1961. He graduated in 1982 with a B.A.(hons) in Fine Art from the University of Northumbria. Shaun has work in public and private collections and was elected MRSS(Member of the Royal Society of sculptors. He makes figurative bas -relief sculptures, beating sheet lead with mallets and hammers.
Guy and Julie Nicholls, are the owner of Tru7 Group, a family-owned group of companies, they are fiercely loyal to their East Anglian roots. Philanthropic Guy and Julie generously donated £100,000 to the GeeWizz Charity Legacy fundraiser, to help build a new specialist SEND’s playground at the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy. His companies employ more than 200 people in Suffolk.Guy and Julie have supported GeeWizz Charity from the start and have been personal friends of it is founder Gina Long MBE for over 40 years. They are true charity champions on every level and are proud ambassadors of GeeWizz, they like the transparent giving aspect of the charity, along with the ethos it works by each day.
As parents and grandparents, themselves, they understand the importance the support GeeWizz gives to the many families and their children.
“I have been teaching for 15 years in different education settings, teaching students of different ages, different backgrounds, different abilities, all with their own special stories, difficulties and hurdles. To give back is something that is fundamental to my beliefs and work ethic. Working with GeeWizz has been an absolute pleasure and I can’t wait for the journey to continue.”
Emma has generously donated 25% from her collection, each beautifully created individual screen prints designed especially for GeeWizz Charity. Each unique piece is a one off original; capturing a time, a place or a feeling from a stolen moment. Find yours here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EmmaConnollyStudio
Susan kindly decidates her time several times a month to support Geewizz both at events and in the office. She has been an instrumental part of the charity over the last few years.
Having grown up in Suffolk Ed considers it is a privilege to be able to support Gina Long MBE and her charity, GeeWizz. He loves the fact it is a charity that helps children and young adults locally. Ed Says, ‘Personally, seeing children benefit from our fundraising is a moving experience. There is so much more to do and give and knowing that 100% of what we raise goes to these good causes is a great motivator. I proudly introduced Gina to thesaleroom.com where she has gone on to host 10 incredible online charity auction, that has to date raised over £1,8000,000.’ In 2020, Ed via Lacy Scott and Knight and www.thesaleroom.com hosted the hugely successful 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.
Ed catalogues the Fine Art & Antiques auctions, as well as Pictures & Prints across all sales. Ed has been the manager of Lacy Scott & Knight auction centre since 2002. During this time, Ed has overseen the growth of the department from 19 to around 40 sales a year, trebling the turnover, and the physical extension of the Auction Centre to accommodate our growing team and the volume of lots processed.
Despite having four young children, Edward finds time to indulge his passion for Ipswich Town football club, is a patron of Geewizz charity and conducts numerous charity auctions.
“I’ve covered the GeeWizz charity for many years and know what a great job the team do and what a real difference to lives they bring about. I’m happy to add my backing on a personal level to the GeeWizz family and fully embrace their ethos of transparent giving.”
Charity veteran, fund raiser and creative director, with over 30 years experience working in the third sector. Seconded by Save the Children to Comic Relief, Patzi was part of the first ever Red Nose Day Team and went on to become the charity’s Fund Raising Manager.
She was also part of the original teams that set up Tommy’s the Baby Charity and MediCinema. As a founding partner of Soho-based PR agency, Sputnik Communications, she developed cause-related marketing partnerships between charities and the corporate sector. Patzi created and delivered mass participation projects, including the Face Britain Jubilee self portraiture project for The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and It’s Our World environmental arts project for UN Environment Programme and The Big Draw. In 2019, she was awarded an OBE for services to charity and fund raising. Most recently, she helped to co-organise Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction with Gina Long MBE.
Paula Webb Stainton is a professional Curator/Producer of high profile international Exhibitions and Events for clients from Pink Floyd to McLaren Formula One. Dublin born, Paula’s career began as Client Manager and Producer in Ad Agencies in Dublin, London and New York, before managing Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s action vehicle props company Ten Tenths and Bamboo Music, producing Music scores for films and jingles for commercials, as well as organising Tour events for Pink Floyd.
Paula co-curated, together with Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell/Hipgnosis, Pink Floyd: ‘Their Mortal Remains’ Exhibition at the V&A, London; MACRO Rome; The Dortmunder U, Dortmund, IFEMA, Madrid and is currently preparing to open it in Los Angeles, August 2021. ‘Their Mortal Remains’ was Paula’s second exhibition for the Band as together with Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis, she curated Pink Floyd ‘Interstellar’ Exhibition at the Citié de la Musique, Paris in 2003.
For over 25 years Paula has given support to numerous charities as a committee member, PR and organiser including: Tommy’s Campaign, UK’s largest charity for research into miscarriage, premature and still birth; MediCinema builds, installs and manages cinemas in hospitals for patients undergoing treatment for complex illness and is delighted to be an Ambassador for GeeWizz following on from being part of the team to deliver their incredibly successful ‘Ed Sheeran:Made in Suffolk’ Charity auction in 2020.
Nino Severino - Former Olympic and British No.1 Tennis Coach is very proud to be an ambassador of GeeWizz, having known Gina for over 45 years.
‘I admire the work of the great charity she has created, working alongside and her brilliant small, dedicated team. The synergy we share as two small, but ambitious charity founders is incredible and the work we each undertake, is done from a transparent platform. We each support Suffolk and our local communities too.
I am excited to have collaborated on a project that is going to be globally embraced and we look forward to announcing later in the year.’
Founder and Director of Abbeygate Wealth Management in Bury St Edmunds, James has always been proud to support a range of charities, especially where there are strong links to the local area. Geewizz continues to give heartfelt support to families in need, and being able to donate and provide sponsorship for the charity is a key focus for James and the business, and the hope is to continue to do so for many years to come.
Throughout the year, Sarah generously volunteers her time at our large fundraising events. She also raises awareness of the work Geewizz carries out in the local community.
Olivia is extremely passionate about GeeWizz’s ethos of transparency. She was instrumental in delivering our latest Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction which raised £506,000. Olivia was extremely inspired after meeting the GeeWizz families and local SEND’s schools, seeing how our funds help change many local lives. Olivia will continue to champion GeeWizz Charity & raise awareness throughout the local community.
Penny White has supported GeeWizz Charitable Trust, as a volunteer, since the charity started. Her professional support helped develop the charities brand, voice and event marketing. She is now a member of the team providing social media marketing and continues to volunteer.