GeeWizz Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze 2018
Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze raises an incredible sum for GeeWizz Charity
The first GeeWizz Charity pumpkin patch and Maize Maze has been held and been hailed a triumphant success raising over £15,000.
The GeeWizz Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze was an unprecedented success with thousands of pumpkins sold and a fantastic five-figure sum raised to support local families living with a life-threatening condition, disability and cancer.
The nine-day event was the brainchild of GeeWizz founder Gina Long MBE who was inspired to open a 4.5-acre pumpkin patch at Hall Farm, Fornham St. Martin, after enjoying the annual events with her own children when she lived in America 30 years ago.
Gina said: “Going outside and picking your own pumpkins is a popular pastime in America.
“I always thought it would be a great thing for all the family to do while enjoying some wonderful autumnal weather and increasing education around farming and where pumpkins come from. I hoped this would prove popular in West Suffolk while also raising money for the GeeWizz charity, which supports families in the local community.
“We were blown away by how much has been raised and we thank everyone for their incredible support. The GeeWizz Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze will certainly be returning next year.”
While entry, parking and the Maize Maze were all free to the public, donations were requested for each pumpkin – in what is believed to be one of the first charity pumpkin patches in the country.
Gina and the GeeWizz team said they would like to send their huge gratitude to everyone who made the Pumpkin patch and Maize Maze a reality from Tozer Seeds who donated 2000 seeds, Matt and Alison Nice from MW Nice Fencing Supplies for the fencing and the generator, Paul Cornwell Contracting, Marlows for all the wheelbarrows, Coastline Graphics who provided all the signage and promotional materials and all the volunteers who generously gave their time and support to the event and finally to Barry Peters and the Bury Free Press and to Iliffe Media for helping us spread the word throughout the county.