Bury St Edmunds charity organisers hail ball
The organisers behind a grand charity ball have spoken of their delight after raising more than £61,000 to support an Ipswich schoolgirl and crucial cancer research.
The GeeWizz Secret Garden Ball saw more than 250 people attend the event at The Hangar at Milsoms in Kesgrave Hall.
The event was the first big fundraiser by the new charitable foundation, set up by campaigner and fundraiser Gina Long MBE in December.
It was supported by former England cricketer Graeme Swann, Suffolk operatic star Laura Wright, who performed, and television presenter Chris Hollins who was the MC for the evening.
A grand auction boosted the final sum and Mrs Long said she was blown away by the generosity in the room and towards the charity.
Money raised will go to supporting Ipswich schoolgirl Kim Sale who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, before she underwent a life-saving leg amputation, as well as Sarcoma UK.
Mrs Long, of Fornham St Martin, said: “I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the auction. To raise such a sum of money is incredible and a true testimony to the generosity of our local community.”
GeeWizz was set up to create a platform to purchase much-needed equipment for children in Suffolk helping two specific groups - children with disabilities and those who are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, or those carrying out research into the disease especially sarcoma and breast cancer.