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PUBLISHED: 11:07 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 17 July 2017

The Bubble Rush! Don't miss it

The Bubble Rush! Don't miss it


There’s the Bubble Rush for St Elizabeth Hospice, Culford Prep School PTA, Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre, Ormiston Families, Stowmarket Lions Club, Classic Cars by the Lake for St Nicholas Hospice Care, and more

Culford Prep Schools PTA fundraising ended in style, with the sports day and summer fete raising £306 from yummy refreshmentsCulford Prep Schools PTA fundraising ended in style, with the sports day and summer fete raising £306 from yummy refreshments

Culford Prep School PTA have had a fantastic fundraising year, with £2,111 raised to date for my GeeWizz Charity. In the autumn, the Culford Prep School children will be presenting The Priory School with much-needed iPads.

Their fundraising ended in style, with the prep school’s sports day and summer fete − organised by Clare Taylor, Hui Imm Clarke, Emma Stamper, Sarah Gooderham, Karen Johnson, Jane Sweetman, Cara Blanchard and Nics Godfrey − raising £306 from selling yummy cakes and refreshments.

All PTAs deserve huge applause for devoting their time to raise vast sums for their schools and many other charities.

Yummy cakes are also the theme of the latest fundraising of the Bury St Edmunds Women’s Aid Centre, who are looking for people who can host a purple tea party. Fundraising can include tea and cakes, and additional activities such as a raffle, tombola and “guessing” competition (for example, weight of, number of, name of).

Set a date and spread the word using social media, posters and leaflets. A fundraising pack is provided to each individual hosting an event and includes materials and a quiz.

The food theme concludes this month with the return of Ormiston Families’ popular Walk With a Fork on Sunday, September 3 in the grounds of Helmingham Hall. For tickets please email

Lady Tollemache has chosen one of her favourite walks around the Helmingham estate, allowing participants to explore some of the picturesque park and farmland not usually accessible to the public. They will do so while their taste-buds are tantalised at regular food stops organised by some of the finest food and drink outlets our county has to offer. Find out more at

Ormiston Families popular Walk With a Fork in the grounds of Helmingham HallOrmiston Families popular Walk With a Fork in the grounds of Helmingham Hall

Lions Clubs have always placed themselves at the heart of their communities, and never has this been more so than in one town. Over the last 12 months, Stowmarket Lions have raised an incredible £53,000.

Fundraising events have included the Bacton Fayre, a sportsman’s dinner, Santa sleigh, the Ernie Pearce Charity Boxing Dinner, Terry Cook Memorial Charity Golf Day and the Suffolk Villages Charity Bike Ride.

This has seen an amazing 94 individuals, and local and national charities, receive money from Stowmarket Lions. They include St Nicholas Hospice Care, St Elizabeth Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, emergency service groups including Suffolk Accident and Rescue Service and East Anglian Air Ambulance, through to local youth groups and individuals in and around Stowmarket.

An amazing effort by all. Many congratulations and thanks to everyone who supported any Lions Club this year.

Last week, my husband Andrew and I were delighted to help launch this year’s Classic Cars by the Lake, an event we host with a hugely dedicated committee, led by event organiser Austin Cornish, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. The annual fundraising event sees thousands of people flock to Hall Farm to see over 700 classic and sports cars, along with stunning motorbikes on display.

We have two new headline sponsors, Ashtons Legal and Ensors Chartered Accountants, with media sponsors including the EADT, Ipswich Star and BBC Radio Suffolk. Without such support it would be impossible to host what has become a very special day in the fundraising calendar.

To date, over £200,000 has been raised. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 3. It’s already looking like it will be one of the best yet.

A drive down memory lane with Classic Cars by the LakeA drive down memory lane with Classic Cars by the Lake

Are you looking for a fun way to support St Elizabeth Hospice? They have just the thing, when the Bubble Rush returns to Christchurch Park, Ipswich, on Sunday, August 13. Bubble Rush is a fun family event in which anyone of any age can take part.

The 5k fabulously-frothy event features five “bubble stations” with bubble cannons which blast participants with crazy-coloured bubbles, covering you in safe, frothy foam.

Find out more and enter via

• If you would like your Suffolk-based charity event covered in this column, I would love to hear from you. Please email some words and a photo to You can follow me on twitter @geewizzgee1

A woman in her 30s was rushed to hospital after two men dressed in black hoodies threw a mystery liquid into her face during a “random” attack.

The family of Corrie McKeague will today be out on the streets of Bury St Edmunnds talking to members of the public to mark the year anniversary of his disappearance.

A teenager who had to be freed from the wreckage of a car by firefighters following a crash in Essex today is fighting for his life in hospital.

As the deadline for Stars of Suffolk nominations approaches, organiser Mick Parker is looking ahead to the “emotional and wonderful” annual ceremony that brings together the county’s unsung heroes for one night of celebration.

An 18-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Essex has been found safe.

The BurySOUND music competition is looking for up and coming bands to sign up for next year’s event - as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Last week I wrote about samphire on Suffolk’s only island, Havergate. It got me thinking about the abundance of free foods that can be foraged, particularly at this time of year, writes Sheena Grant.

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