IT’S a cruel world sometimes, so it’s always good to hear a heartwarming story. This autumn hundreds of children in classrooms throughout the county are getting their first taste of school life. It’s a milestone for any youngster, but for four-year-old George Woodward, from Ipswich, it’s an especially proud moment.
George has a rare and debilitating condition, Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, a hereditary disease that causes muscle weakness and breathing difficulties. He was diagnosed at just 21 months and since that time, family and friends have rallied to support him and raise funds for the treatment, care and equipment he needs to help him cope with life. By all accounts, George has never let his condition hold him back and his first day at Whitehouse Community Primary School was no different, as he played with his fellow classmates. Hopefully, it’s the next stage in what will be a fulfilling life for George. I certainly wish him all the best.
Life for George is made easier than it might otherwise be because he has a new powered wheelchair, which helps him get around independently. The money for it was raised in December last year through the Sir Bobby Robson Online Auction, run by Suffolk fundraiser Gina Long. George is just one of many Suffolk people who have benefited from the tireless efforts of this veteran fundraiser and now Gina has launched a new charity called GeeWizz, which aims to raise money for people, children and their families affected by disability and cancer. People like George. She’s doing it because she believes in the positive affects charity can have on people’s lives, and because she wants to be sure every penny raised goes directly to those who need it.
This month, we’re proud and excited to support Gina in her first major GeeWizz event, a charity ball at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall on October 14. It will be a fabulous occasion, well supported by many Suffolk businesses and individuals, and thanks to their generosity we confidently expect to raise a lot of money. You can read more about it further on in the magazine. Meanwhile, if you’d like to find out more about George visit www.georgewoodwardfund.weebly.com. You can also take part in Gina’s Ultimate Charity Auction, October 22-November 6, by going online at www.ultimatecharityauction.com. Have a great October!
Four year old George Woodward, from Ipswich, who has spinal muscular atrophy, in his new specialist wheelchair.