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Shooting at Hall Farm, plus Andrew and Gina Long Shooting at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin Andrew Long running the 2013 London Marathon for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Shooting at Hall Farm Shooting at Hall Farm, Bury St Edmunds Shooting at Hall Farm Chris Askew, CEO Breakthrough breast cancer, addressing walkers at Walk on the Wildside 2009 Andrew and Gina Long at the Sir Bobbys Breakthrough Auction and Ball 2013 Andrew Long fishing in Canada. Caught a 350lb sturgeon Andrew and Gina Long Fishing Andrew and Gina Long at the Sir Bobbys Breakthrough Auction and Ball

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The Long Family enjoy various country pursuits and countryside activities.

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.

She is the founder of the annual Sir Bobby’s Online Global Auction, which to date has raised more than £860,000 and supported the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer (now called Breast Cancer Now), EACH, West Suffolk Hospital Charity and Ipswich Hospital.

She is also an ambassador of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and the My WiSH charity, formerly West Suffolk Hospital Charity, and a patron of Women’s Aid Centre.

The family are also involved in supporting Sarcoma UK, St Nicholas Hospice Care, Breast Cancer Now and The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Gina’s career in charity campaigning and fundraising has seen over £2.5 million raised for local and national causes – and finally prompted her to start her own charitable trust.

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16th January 2017

A global online auction and grand ‘Secret Garden Ball’ has seen a Suffolk-based charity present more than £57,000 to Sarcoma UK.

The GeeWizz charitable foundation, led by Gina Long MBE, organised the two-week Ultimate Charity Auction and Secret Garden Ball last October in support of national and local charities.

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, who presented the cheque with her husband Andrew, 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 of Sarcoma UK, 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.

The Ultimate Charity Auction and Secret Garden Ball raised more than £187,000 for national and local charities.

7th November 2016

A global online auction which attracted a glittering array of money-can’t-buy experiences and star prizes has raised more than £106,000.

The Ultimate Charity Auction offered more than 130 lots donated by the world of sport, celebrity and lifestyle – once again capturing the imagination at home and abroad.

After a fantastic two weeks of bidding and star-studded support, an incredible £106,825 was raised in just two weeks for national and local charities.

The transparent fundraising platform has now raised a total of £981,825 from the five auctions that have been held.

Star items included a personal audience with legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson which went for £4,500, a chance to watch Barcelona train and then play at the Camp Nou which reached £4,050 and a fabulous stay at the Sumaridge Estate Lodge in South Africa which raised £4,550.

Gina Long, auction founder, said: “We are completely humbled and overwhelmed by the support the auction has received this year – and for all of the five auctions in total.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported the Ultimate Charity Auction – whether donating, bidding or supporting. We never take this support for granted.
“This transparent platform has captured the imagination at home and abroad. Every penny that has been raised will make a massive and direct difference to the families and individuals supported by all these amazing charities. The money raised will literally help change lives.

“We have a fabulous, very small auction team who literally eat, live, breath and sleep the auction before, and certainly, during the two weeks. I would like to thank them all.”

Other fantastic lots included the chance to star in the next instalment of blockbuster computer game Football Manager, five days of unlimited golf at the world famous St Andrews, enjoy a VIP experience at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest and a host of luxurious hotel and holiday prizes.

The Ultimate Charity Auction also attracted the support of Suffolk–based superstar Ed Sheeran who donated his teenage drum set – with this particular auction item raising £2,650 solely in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.

This year’s fundraiser supported Sarcoma UK and In the Game – the League Managers Association Charity, West Suffolk Hospital’s My WiSH Charity and the GeeWizz charitable foundation.

17th October 2016

The organisers behind a grand charity ball have spoken of their delight after raising more than £61,000 to support an Ipswich schoolgirl and crucial cancer research.

The GeeWizz Secret Garden Ball saw more than 250 people attend the event at The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

The magnificent sell-out, black-tie ball was the first big fundraiser by the new charitable foundation, set up by campaigner and fundraiser Gina Long MBE in December.

It was supported by former England cricketer Graeme Swann, Suffolk operatic star Laura Wright, who performed, and popular television presenter Chris Hollins who was the MC for the evening.

A grand auction helped raise the fantastic sum and Gina said she was blown away by the generosity in the room and towards the GeeWizz charity.

Money raised will go to supporting Ipswich schoolgirl Kim Sale who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, before she underwent a life-saving leg amputation, as well as Sarcoma UK.

Gina said: “I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the auction.

“To raise such a sum of money is incredible and a true testimony to the generosity of our local community. The money raised will make a huge difference to the people supported by GeeWizz.”

Kellie Thorndyke, mum of Kim Sale, said: “The £5,000 donation from Tony and Liz Nicholl specifically to help Kim get a prosthetic sports blade will be life-changing for her.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness Kim, and we as a family, have received. I would like to say a massive thank you to Gina and the GeeWizz charity and everyone who attended the beautiful ball.”

Among the fantastic auction items was a work of art donated by kind-hearted 13-year-old Molly Jarvis which raised £1,800. Molly’s dad, Craig, also attended the event just weeks after being seriously injured in a road traffic accident.

Of the donation, Gina said: “Speaking to her proud parents, I know how brilliant Molly has been in supporting her own family charity. We were thrilled and very touched to have this incredible kind donation and the fact it raised £1,800 simply topped off a wonderful gesture.”

Chris Hollins said: “I was honoured to be the first host of the GeeWizz Secret Garden Ball. I have known Gina for many years and her enthusiasm, perseverance and desire to do good is admirable.”

GeeWizz was set up by Gina at the end of last year to create a platform to purchase much-needed equipment for children in Suffolk helping two specific groups - children with disabilities and those who are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, or those carrying out research into the disease especially sarcoma and breast cancer.

Gee Wizz Charity logo

Veteran fundraiser Gina Long MBE has announced plans to hold a magnificent black-tie ball in support of her newly-formed charity supporting disabled youngsters, as well as children and families affected by cancer.

The GeeWizz Charitable Foundation was set up by Gina at the end of last year to create a platform to purchase much-needed equipment for children in Suffolk helping two specific groups - children with disabilities and those who are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, or those carrying out research into the disease especially sarcoma and breast cancer.

GeeWizz’s crucial work will be supported by an inaugural magnificent charity ball on Saturday 14th October, at The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in partnership with the Suffolk Magazine and Paul Milsom, owner of Milsoms.

Popular television presenter Chris Hollins will be the MC for the evening with fabulous entertainment planned throughout.

Gina said: “GeeWizz is delighted to be partnering with the Suffolk Magazine and Milsoms to host this showpiece event.

“Tickets are available now for the magnificent GeeWizz Charity Ball where you will be able to have a memorable evening in the knowledge that you are supporting families on your own doorstop.”

GeeWizz was a major beneficiary of the Sir Bobby’s Online Auction in November 2015, which enabled them to fund a bespoke powered wheelchair for brave George Woodward who was diagnosed with type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that affects the spinal cord, causes muscle weakness and leads to severe disability.

Gina has spent more than 35 years campaigning and fundraising for local and national charities and causes, raising in excess of £2 million.

Explaining why she wanted to set up her own charitable foundation, Gina said: “I have worked with some incredible and dedicated fundraisers over many, many years.

“I feel extremely passionate about transparency in the charity sector and I want to show where every single penny raised by GeeWizz is spent.

“It’s a total joy raising money for specifically needed equipment and seeing the faces of the children and families when they receive what is normally life-changing for them.”

Tickets for the charity ball are £150 per person, with tables of 12 being sold, including a generous champagne reception and a sumptuous four-course dinner with fine wines served with each course and beer throughout the evening.

For more information or to reserve your place, please email gina@geewizzcharity.com.

Photographer Tom Murray at an exhibition of his work

A new charity formed by veteran fundraiser Gina Long MBE is to be a beneficiary of a special exhibition by renowned Beatles photographer Tom Murray.

Tom will be showcasing a lifetime of photography working with the likes of the Beatles, the Royal Family and famous names from the arts during a special exhibition at Jacobs Allen Chartered Accountants.

His collection of iconic images will be viewed between Monday 7 March and Sunday 13 March with Gina’s charity GeeWizz the beneficiary of a special private showing on Wednesday 9 March.

GeeWizz, which supports disabled youngsters as well as children and families affected by cancer, were chosen as the beneficiary of the evening, jointly hosted by St Edmundsbury Financial Services Ltd, Sheridans, 3SQ and Larksbridge.

Gina said: “We are overjoyed to be a beneficiary from a fantastic evening and we cannot thank Andrew Speed and the all the businesses enough for choosing us.

“I have worked with Tom Murray on a number of fundraising projects in the past and I cannot wait to see his incredible array of photos and famous faces.”

Andrew Speed, managing director of St Edmundsbury Financial Services, said: “We wanted to support a local charity and we share Gina’s aim to help disabled youngsters, as well as children and families affected by cancer. We are delighted to be able to help with this fundraising evening.

Tom has also kindly agreed to donate one of his photos to GeeWizz.

The exhibition will be held at the new offices of Jacobs Allen Chartered Accountants in Abbeygate Street with tickets priced at £5 for adults and free for children. They can be booked at www.jacobsallen.co.uk.

Gina Long receiving her MBE

Gina Long, the founder of Sir Bobby’s Online Auction in memory of football legend Sir Bobby Robson, has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her 40 years charity work.

Gina said she was “humbled” by the award, which she found out about just days before the 2015 global online auction ended in November.

The auction, Gina’s fourth in memory of her great friend Sir Bobby Robson, raised a fantastic £169,500 for charities including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and In The Game – the League Manager’s Association Charity.

In total, the Sir Bobby’s Online Auction has raised more than £870,000 with Gina determined to break the £1 million mark when it returns between 15th-30th October 2016.

Of the MBE, Gina said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been more shocked. I’m rarely speechless but I was overwhelmed with shock.

“The auction was four days away and I was quite tired and I just couldn’t take it in. I just kept crying for the next three days.

“I’ve worked for so many charities over the years and all the people I’ve met along the way are incredible people all doing their own thing. This award represents everyone I’ve worked with and my family who’ve supported me.”

In December, over 160 very special lots were donated to help the charities benefiting from the auction, which includes the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the cancer charity Sir Bobby launched in 2008, and In The Game – the League Managers Association Charity.

Gina said: “Sir Bobby was a colossal global figure in football and the love and respect people still have for him was reflected in the unbelievable money-can’t–buy prizes that we were fortunate to receive.

“Everyone was so generous in donating amazing prizes from the world of sport, celebrity and lifestyle.”

Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow, said; “We’re absolutely thrilled that the auction has raised so much. Really, we can’t thank Gina and her team enough for all their hard work.

“We’ve been extremely lucky to have received the support we have. The football family in particular has been wonderfully helpful and we’re very grateful to everyone who has played a part in the special auction’s success.”

Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby’s Online Auction, the charity auction in memory of football legend Sir Bobby Robson, has raised an incredible £169,500 for national and local charities.

The football world once again came together to support the auction bearing the name of the former England, Barcelona and Newcastle managerial great with more than £870,000 raised in total since the global online auction was formed four years ago.

Gina Long, who launched the auction in memory of her great friend Sir Bobby and who found out she had been awarded an MBE for her charitable services just before the auction ended, is now aiming to break the £1 million mark when the auction returns in 2016 between Saturday 15th October and Sunday 30th October.

Sir Bobby Robson Online Auction 15th to 30th October 2016

In December, over 160 very special lots were donated to help the charities benefiting from the auction, which includes the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the cancer charity Sir Bobby launched in 2008, and In The Game – the League Managers Association Charity.

Fifa, UEFA, the Professional Football Association (PFA) and the Premier League all donated incredible money–can’t buy experiences and auction items.

They were joined by the England national team and a host of Premier League giants while the clubs managed by Sir Bobby – including Ipswich Town, Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle – and some of the managers inspired by him – Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas Boas – also gave generously.

The brainchild of Gina Long, experienced charity campaigner and fundraiser and a friend of the Robson family for more than 35 years, the global online auction was an overwhelming success and attracted bidding from across the world.And just days before the auction ended, Gina had double reason to celebrate after she was given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Gina said: “Sir Bobby was a colossal global figure in football and the love and respect people still have for him was reflected in the unbelievable money-can’t-buy prizes that we were fortunate to receive.

“Everyone was so generous in donating amazing prizes from the world of sport, celebrity and lifestyle.

“To end the auction hearing about the MBE was truly humbling. This award represents everyone I’ve worked with and my family who’ve supported me.”

Sir Bobbys Ball 2013

Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow, said; “We’re absolutely thrilled that the auction has raised so much. Really, we can’t thank Gina and her team enough for all their hard work.

“We’ve been extremely lucky to have received the support we have. The football family in particular has been wonderfully helpful and we’re very grateful to everyone who has played a part in the special auction’s success.”

I ran The London Marathon 2013 surprising my wife Gina, raising over £7,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The Annual Classic Car event held at Hall Farm in aid of St. Nicholas Hospice Care raised a total of £28,000. Bringing the overall total raised since the event began to over £84,000

The Annual Classic Car event held at Hall Farm in aid of St. Nicholas Hospice Care raised a total of £26,000.

Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction ended raised an incredible £204,224 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The auction, and a ball in Suffolk were organised by volunteer fund-raiser Gina Long in memory of Sir Bobby Robson and breast cancer campaigner Sally Balch.

Gina is proud of what has been achieved and says: “Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction and Ball has been a magnificent success. This has all been made possible because of enormous love, respect and the way many clubs wanted to honour Sir Bobby Robson, who I was so privileged to call a great friend. The support from auction prizes donors, sponsors, individuals, companies and the wonderful bidders have helped make it a HUGE success, one way beyond our wildest dreams. I did this in memory of Sir Bobby and my beautiful friend Sally Balch who lost her battle with Breast Cancer, I hope we (the fantastic committee) have made them very proud and done them justice.”

Over £50,000 was raised at Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Ball, which was held in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and attended by Lady Elsie Robson and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Patrons Mick Mills and Delia Smith.

All other funds were raised through the online auction which featured 188 incredible lots including television, driving and sporting experiences, sports memorabilia, luxury treats and holidays. It was supported by all of Sir Bobby’s former teams, all the Premier League clubs, Celtic, Rangers and representatives from the world of rugby, horse racing, snooker, tennis, cricket and more.

Gary Lineker, Ant and Dec, Katherine Jenkins, Graeme Swann, Sir Alex Ferguson, ‘Pep’ Guardiola, Arsene Wenger, Gordon Taylor OBE, Denise Welch, Andre Villas-Boas, Harry Redknapp and Fabio Capello are just some of the high profile names who donated very special prizes and helped make the auction such a success.

The star lot was Jose Mourinho’s Fifa World Coach of the Year 2010 trophy – the most significant individual silverware won by the maverick Portuguese coach to date – has sold for staggering £26,000 last night as a charity auction in memory of Mourinho’s mentor, Sir Bobby Robson, closed.

We can reveal the winning bidder for Mourinho’s trophy was Lance Bradley, the head of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. ‘Sir Bobby was so special, that’s why I took part,’ Bradley said. ‘I only had the privilege of meeting Sir Bobby once, but I’ll never forget it.’

Lady Elsie Robson says: “Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction has taken a tremendous amount of effort to achieve. My family and I are extremely grateful to Gina Long for her vision, hard work and enthusiasm in creating this ambitious charity venture.

“We’re also very appreciative of all the many people who have pitched in and helped by volunteering their time, expertise and incredible auction prizes.

“When my husband and I launched our charity in 2008 Bob said he felt like he was at the helm of a team again. What he called his last and greatest team – and taking on a challenge far greater than any football match.

“We began with the aim to equip a centre to trial new cancer drugs and we’ve been able to fulfil that ambition and do so much more.

“Our medical trustees are always looking for the next breakthrough, the next promising investment into cancer equipment or training. Always looking to fulfil Bob’s ambition to provide truly world class facilities for others fighting cancer.

“Sadly cancer affects us all in one way or another, but with us all pulling together, one day we will beat it.”

Visit www.sirbobbysbreakthroughauction.com for more information & look out for the Auction and Ball in 2013.

Andrew Long, Raising money for the St Nicholas Hospice, Jail and Bail.

Andrew being 'arrested' in aid of the hospice jail and bail
raising £2,631.00

Breakthrough Suffolk

Members of Breakthrough SuffolkGina Long, along with Sally Balch, Ollie Hatcher, Helen Cook, Bonk Tasker, Linda Grave and Pat Pipe, founded Breakthrough Suffolk in 1999.

Our late dear friend Sally Balch, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in December 1998, led the group and inspired us and hundreds more throughout Suffolk to raise all we could to help fund research into the disease.

In July 2015, the group reached the landmark figure of £1 million raised in the county alone.

Read more about this amazing group and how they achieved an incredible fundraising figure.