GeeWizz midsummer party hosted by cricketer and Strictly star raises £79k
- Credit: Andy Abbott
Former England cricketer and Strictly Come Dancing star Graeme Swann hosted a glittering party in Suffolk which raised more than £75,000 for charity.
The GeeWizz Charity's Midsummer Night's Party was held at Hall Farm in Fornham St Martin, near Bury St Edmunds, for over 450 guests.
Swann, who recently became an ambassador for the charity, was the compere for evening and championed the work GeeWizz does throughout Suffolk. The event raised a total of £75,690.
Charity founder Gina Long MBE said: ''Our second GeeWizz Midsummer Night's Party completely surpassed our wildest dreams. I am overwhelmed by the support we received from our kind sponsors, all of the party suppliers, each one going above and beyond to ensure everything was absolutely perfect for our attending guests."
"The generosity from everyone in the room was tangible and the evening created some magical memories. Graeme Swann did an outstanding job as our host, along with Rick Parfitt Jnr who literally got and kept the party goers dancing all night.
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"More importantly, the huge amounts raised will allow us to do what we simply love doing, helping change many local lives. We send our heartfelt thanks to all involved."
The evening saw a Golden Ticket draw with watches from Preston & Duckworth, an auction led by auctioneer Edward Crichton of Lacy, Scott & Knight and proceeds from ticket sales contributed to the money raised.
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Auction prizes included VIP Elton John farewell concert tickets, VIP Robbie Williams tickets, a Fantic Caballero Motorcycle, an Ed Sheeran signed painting, and private dining experience with Pascal Canevet at Maison Bleue.
Guests then took to the dance floor with entertainment from The Queens of the Night and world-renowned RPJ Band, led by lead singer Rick Parfitt Jnr.
Milsom Catering served a champagne canape reception, followed by three-course dinner.
The Great Event Company, Dreamwave Events, Figa & Co, TDC Cordless Lighting, Greene King, Coastline Graphics and Botanica, all helped create the magical party setting.
Key sponsors included joint main sponsors TRU7 Group and Abbeygate Wealth Management, supported by other leading sponsors TMJ Interiors, Momentum Pensions, Landguard Point, Chassis Cab, Toppesfield, Steve Lumley Planing Ltd, Krazy Horse and Ashtons Legal.
GeeWizz Charity was founded by Gina Long MBE in 2015 and was built around the ethos of transparent and accountable giving.
It supports children and young adults in Suffolk and Norfolk who suffer from a life-threatening condition, disability or cancer.