Photo: Gina Long, Lindsey Bennister and Andrew Long
Gina Long MBE and Andrew Long visited Sarcoma UK headquarters to present a cheque for over £57,000.
GeeWizz organised two huge fundraisers running virtually simultaneously: the Ultimate Charity Auction (which ran from Saturday 22 October – Sunday 6 November) and the Secret Garden Ball on Friday 14 October. Sarcoma UK was picked as one of the beneficiaries because Gina's daughter, Ali and family friend, Kim Sale have both personally been affected by sarcoma.
Gina said, “Seeing my daughter go through this ordeal at such a tender age made me realise I wanted to make a bigger difference. I knew I wanted my first GeeWizz event to be a big one. With a small but brilliant team behind me, I was so proud to be able to present Sarcoma UK with a huge cheque."
Lindsey Bennister, Chief Executive said, “We are truly grateful to Gina, Andrew, and everyone at GeeWizz for raising over £57,000 for Sarcoma UK. This will provide personal support and expert information by funding our national Support Line. Our specialist nurses who answer each call and email give much needed advice and lend a listening ear to anyone affected by sarcoma. The funds are also helping sarcoma researchers move one step closer to finding effective treatment for the disease.”
In December 2015, Gina and Andrew Long launched their own charitable foundation, GeeWizz, to support disabled youngsters and families affected by cancer. In the same month, Gina was on the Queen’s Honours list after being appointed an MBE in recognition of her 35 years of charitable services to East Anglia.