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Saluting more of Suffolk’s charity wonders

PUBLISHED: 14:46 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 00:28 17 February 2018

Ashtons Legal are sponsoring the Bury Bombers team.

Ashtons Legal are sponsoring the Bury Bombers team.


Gina Long hails more Suffolk charity fundraisers.

Running for wheels: Scott runs for nephew George. Running for wheels: Scott runs for nephew George.

This month has seen many people across the county dust off their running shoes (mine were buried under the remaining Christmas chocolates) and embark on their mission to complete the mighty 26.2 miles in London. I am proud to again be joining hundreds of dedicated sports men and women across East Anglia, running for charities that are close to many people’s hearts.

Joining me, my son Sam and Lisa Lumley are Chef/ Owner of Maison Bleue, Pascal Canevet, who is running his first London Marathon, along with Joanne Allsebrook, who co-owns hair and beauty salon ‘Idolise’ in Bury St Edmunds, and has chosen to run her second marathon, joining us to help raise funds and awareness for Sarcoma UK.

Summer with one of her drawings for Jasmine. Summer with one of her drawings for Jasmine.

Sarcoma mostly affects children and young adults - People with sarcoma tend to be younger: 16% of sarcomas are diagnosed in people under 30, compared to only 2% of all other cancers. Suffolk’s Team Sarcoma’s fundraising will help to change this and will have a help people affected by sarcoma all over the country. Thank you for joining us Pascal, Joanne and Sam. Sending best wishes to them and everyone who is currently training on these cold mornings, it will all be so worth it as you take to the streets of London with 40,000 other runners on Sunday April 22.

Joanne Allsebrook will be aiming to beat her previous London Marathon time for Sarcoma UK. Joanne Allsebrook will be aiming to beat her previous London Marathon time for Sarcoma UK.

You may recognise George Woodward from my charity GeeWizz, where we purchased a superb electric wheelchair to allow him to play independently with his sister and friends. Scott Marjoram from Ipswich, George’s uncle, will be running the Marathon this year for George, to raise funds to purchase him a bigger manual wheelchair that will help to prolong the movement he has in his arms.

George was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy four years ago, aged just 22 months. SMA affects the motor neurons in the spinal cord, leading to severe disability. As George grows older, he will require more and more specialist equipment.

Trustees launch Futurestars in front of 130 guests. Trustees launch Futurestars in front of 130 guests.

Scott says: “I am delighted to have been given this wonderful opportunity to run in one of the biggest events in London. Being able to support George with a much-needed manual wheelchair will be an incredible feeling.”

Good luck Scott, see you at the finish line!

Maison Bleue's Pascal Canevet, Picture: GINA LONG Maison Bleue's Pascal Canevet, Picture: GINA LONG

Remarkable Summer Moxom, aged five, from Beck Row near Bury St Edmunds, has embarked on a mission to raise funds for her twin sister Jasmine. Jasmine suffers from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and requires much-needed physiotherapy that the NHS cannot provide.

Mum Sally says Summer decided one day to sell her fantastic drawings to raise money for her twin sister’s operation and consequent physiotherapy. Sally auctioned Summer’s drawings on Facebook, ranging from a little mermaid to a rabbit, and scenes of a day out. Some sold for as much as £20 per masterpiece.

GeeWizz are now also involved in helping Jasmine’s Journey, we are planning to send the family on their first holiday together, and in the future, will be redeveloping the inside of their home and their garden.

Summer, you are an inspiration.

The Bury Bombers are a wheelchair basketball team who train weekly at Culford School near Bury St Edmunds. They rely purely on membership fees and support from the local community. Ashtons Legal are delighted to be involved in supporting a great club who cater for all ages and abilities.

The Bury Bombers coach from beginner level and give members the opportunity to work with players who are part of the current national league team. To find out more about The Bury Bombers, please visit

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Kesgrave Hall, Milsom Hotels, the team are holding a ‘Talents of Britain’ fundraiser for Each, on Saturday April 21. The evening promises a sparkling reception, three-course dinner, entertainment from stars such as Old Men Grooving from Britain’s Got Talent, Four Amore, impressionist Mike Osman and many more, before guests dance the night away with Dreamwave Events.

Do consider going along to what will be a very memorable occassion, tickets are £95 per person, with £15 from each ticket donated directly to Each. If you would like more information on this event, please visit or call 01473 333741.

Last week, my friend (and a huge fundraiser himself) ex-Ipswich Town star Simon Milton launched an international sports and education programme, Futurestars UK, involving professional footballers, coaching up-and-coming players in Togo and Ghana.

The scheme currently has five schools on board across the two nations, with all five saying attendance has risen since the start of the programme. Head Coach Titus Bramble and Trustee Terry Butcher were all in attendance, as the fantastic work they have been doing was showcase to 130 guests at Portman Road.

Having just applied for charitable status, Futurestars are now looking for partners and volunteers to come on board and allow for more funds to be raised.

To find out more, please visit

Please do share your charity stories with me, email all details and a photo to: Follow me on Twitter @geewizzgee1

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