Blooming Fundraiser Art raffle raises £1,590 for GeeWizz Charity and St Nicholas Hospice

Blooming Fundraiser Art raffle raises £1,590 for GeeWizz Charity and St Nicholas Hospice

Heartfelt thanks to Charity Superstars, Maison Bleue, who showcased the beautiful acrylic painting ‘Suffolk Field Edge’ kindly donated by artist Ruth Simpson, and raised £1,590 to be split between GeeWizz and St Nicholas’ Hospice. 

Pascal and Karine Canevet of Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds are long-time friends and supporters of GeeWizz, and this summer raffle was held in memory of Paul Maitland White who sadly died from a Glioblastoma Brain Tumour. Maison Bleue recently donated a private dining experience to GeeWizz’s Midsummer Night’s Party Auction. Pascal Canevet is running the London Marathon 2022 in October and has kindly selected GeeWizz as his chosen charity. We are so grateful for all their support and generosity. You can support Pascal's JustGiving page here.

“We are so thankful to Ruth Simpson, for donating her wonderful painting, and to all those who entered the raffle. The funds raised will be supporting sensory playground equipment for Riverwalk School, in Bury St Edmunds.”- Aileen Belsberg, GeeWizz CEO

The raffle was held in memory of Paul White, father of two, who loved cycling and running in the Suffolk countryside. Penny White chose charities close to her heart, raising funds for GeeWizz and St Nicholas Hospice Care who provided care during Paul’s last few days and offered family support in bereavement. Paul was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer and lived for just 11 weeks following his diagnosis. 

“Heartfelt thanks to everyone for helping us support two charities close to our hearts: GeeWizz and St Nicholas Hospice Care.” - Penelope White 

Simpson’s 76 x 76cm acrylic and inks on canvas shows a field of wildflowers, including Scabious, Knapweed, White Campion and Buttercups - nature at its best. Ruth’s love of painting started at an early age and flourished during her school life. After completing a degree in fashion Ruth’s passion for painting returned and a career in Fine Art began. Always inspired by the natural world she began to create a distinct style of botanical art. Her love of the changing seasons and transformations in colour, texture and light are encapsulated in her artwork. 

“I am delighted to donate a painting and help raise funds for local charities” – Ruth Simpson


Brain Tumours: the facts 

  • Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40
  • Over 12,000 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – that’s 33 people every day
  • Over 5,300 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year
  • Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 27 years – the highest of any cancer
  • Just 12% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis

“You feel like you could just step into the field. Its Suffolk in high summer, full of vibrancy and colour”

Karine Canevet, Maison Bleue