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A charity based near Bury St Edmunds had a midsummer night's dream come true when its party raised more than £135,000.

The GeeWizz Charity Midsummer Night's Party was held on Friday at Brightwell Hall Farm, near Ipswich.

Nearly 500 guests helped to raised £137,893 thanks to auction prizes donated by businesses, GeeWizz ambassadors and friends as well as a golden ticket draw.

The party raised almost £138,000
The party raised almost £138,000

Aileen Belsberg, chief executive of GeeWizz based in Fornham St Martin, said: "Our third Midsummer Night’s Party has again surpassed our expectations.

"Our sponsors, event partners and auction donors all generously supported the fund-raising evening above and beyond what we could have wished for.

"The energy and generosity in the room was tangible, with all there to help local lives. I am truly grateful for the support by all involved, because of their kindness we can now fund four much-needed projects and equipment."

Gee Wizz Charity Midsummer Night's Party raised £137,893. Picture: Edward Harvey
Gee Wizz Charity Midsummer Night's Party raised £137,893. Picture: Edward Harvey
Margaret Horsman, right, with James and Becky Stott
Margaret Horsman, right, with James and Becky Stott
Gina Long MBE and Andrew Long
Gina Long MBE and Andrew Long
GeeWizz CEO Aileen Belsberg
GeeWizz CEO Aileen Belsberg
Midsummer Auctioneer Edward Crichton
Midsummer Auctioneer Edward Crichton
Guests enjoyed entertainment from RPJ Band and lead singer Rick Parfitt Jnr. Picture: Andy Abbott
Guests enjoyed entertainment from RPJ Band and lead singer Rick Parfitt Jnr. Picture: Andy Abbott
The charity's third Midsummer Night’s Party 'surpassed expectations'
The charity's third Midsummer Night’s Party 'surpassed expectations'
It was held on Friday at Brightwell Hall Farm, near Ipswich
It was held on Friday at Brightwell Hall Farm, near Ipswich
Nearly 500 guests helped to raised £137,893
Nearly 500 guests helped to raised £137,893
Some of the canapes on offer at the event
Some of the canapes on offer at the event
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It was held on Friday at Brightwell Hall Farm near Ipswich. Picture: Andy Abbott
It was held on Friday at Brightwell Hall Farm near Ipswich. Picture: Andy Abbott
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Funds raised through the party will be used to support children and young adults across Suffolk, who are learning disabled or neurodivergent, have a life-limiting illness or cancer, as well as supporting sarcoma cancer research and capital projects.

The charity is currently focusing on four projects: purchasing new EyeGazer equipment for Mick Fulcher, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; providing specialist sports frames for Coplestonians FC Frame Football Team; continuing work with Suffolk Lawn Tennis Association to provide all-inclusive tennis programmes across the county; and supporting Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal's non-verbal youth theatre programme.

Auctioneer Edward Crichton, of Lacy Scott and Knight led the auction, which had prizes including: a fully installed SMART garden office; an invitation from Rolls Royce to attend the Salon Prive 2022; VIP Pub in the Park tickets; a VIP festival experience at Defected Croatia; a sculpture from sculptor Shaun Brosnan; a private dining experience with Pascal Canevet at Maison Bleue; and a VIP JCB factory tour.

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Guests enjoyed entertainment from RPJ Band and lead singer Rick Parfitt Jnr.

Sponsors included TRU7 Group; Abbeygate Wealth Management; ChassisCab DAF; Krazy Horse; SMART Garden Offices; TruckEast and Whip Street Motors.