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The first GeeWizz Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze opened for business at the weekend in Fornham St Martin.

Families got the chance to pick their favourites on the fields of Hall Farm and take them home.

Gina Long, the GeeWizz charity’s founder, said: “We are delighted with the response from the public since we launched our free pumpkin patch and maize maze.

Luke Cattermole with his family at the pumpkin patch (5038057)
Luke Cattermole with his family at the pumpkin patch (5038057)

“It was so important for my husband Andrew, who donated the four and a half acres from our farm and I to ‘go back to basics’. It’s truly a lovely family-friendly place to visit and, thanks to some incredibly generous donations, every penny raised through purchasing the pumpkins will go to helping support and make a difference to many local children and their families’ lives.”

Ellie Hurst enjoying the day with her trio of pumpkins (5038111)
Ellie Hurst enjoying the day with her trio of pumpkins (5038111)

So far it has raised more than £5,000 and is believed to be the first ‘100 per cent to charity’ pumpkin patch and Maize Maze in the country.

It is open between 10am and 4pm today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Kieran Horgan with his pick of the patch (5038055)
Kieran Horgan with his pick of the patch (5038055)

Meanwhile, GeeWizz is running a Bury St Edmunds Hatter Street Retailers Raffle to support six-year-old Jasmine Moxom, the youngster from Beck Row who suffers from spastic cerebral palsy. Tickets are £5 each and can be purchased from Hatter Street shops and will soon be available from the Bury Free Press reception.

Jasmine will draw the raffle in Hatter Street on November 15 at 7.30pm, the night of the Bury Lights Switch-On. The street’s shops have donated a selection of prizes for winners.

James Cooper with son Harley, five, finding their favourite pumpkin
James Cooper with son Harley, five, finding their favourite pumpkin

Gina said: “It’s been a joy working with every single independently owned shop in Hatter Street, along with several others in the town who have so willingly embraced supporting our charity and the Bury Free Press Jasmine fund-raising campaign.”

To donate to the Jasmine appeal, go to www.justgiving.com/campaign/GeeWizz-Jasmine-SOS-Renovation

Mia and Isla Frankland from Stowmarket enjoy a wheelbarrow ride
Mia and Isla Frankland from Stowmarket enjoy a wheelbarrow ride