Fun day in teen’s memory raises cash for young cancer patients

jpco-4-9-13  Fundraiser in memory of Gee Gee Woodley (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco-4-9-13 Fundraiser in memory of Gee Gee Woodley (Pic by Jon Rigby)

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More than 350 people attended a community fundraising day at the weekend in memory of Crawley teenager Georgina Woodley.

Gee Gee, as she is known to those closest to her, died in April aged 19 from a rare form of cancer and her family has since set up Positively Gee, a charity dedicated to raising funds to help teenagers suffering with cancer.

In the latest fundraiser on Sunday, 367 people flocked to Three Bridges Football Club for a day of music, fun and food ending with a big screen showing of Grease.

Gee Gee’s mum Carol said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came.

“It went really well. There were a few hiccups along the way, but the general consensus was that everyone had a wonderful day.

“We had the goalkeeper of Three Bridges Football Club doing a penalty shoot out, charity merchandise, ‘guess how many sweets in the jar’ game and a raffle with prizes from Crawley businesses.

“Jack Jenkins, a local guy who’s done a lot with us sang for two hours and one of Georgina’s friends Katrina Victoria Ireland sang as well.

“People stayed to watch the film which was good.”

One of the hiccups was that there were fewer fun fair rides than were originally planned.

Carol said: “Some of them got stuck in Croydon overnight. They had parked in a car park and then they were stuck behind the barrier.

“It’s just the way it goes. We made the best of it as we could.

“The rides that were there weren’t that busy anyway.”

The whole day raised more than £1,000 which will go towards the £2.5million sum needed to build and open a centre.

The next event on the calendar is a night for teenagers at the Moka nightclub in Crawley on Saturday October 5. Carol has hired out the VIP lounge for the evening but has yet to decide on the detail of the event.

There will also be a horse racing event and another fundraiser before Christmas.

Already in the diary for next year is the Light and Laughter comedy evening at Oriel High School in Maidenbower where Gee Gee studied. On February 12 and 13 comedians from as far away as London will perform.

In April there will be a Spring Ball corporate event at the Effingham Hotel in Copthorne.

Through these events Carol hopes to build and run a healing and support centre providing conventional and holistic therapies, counselling, nutritional advice, specialist short breaks and end of life care for young people ages 13 to 25 suffering from cancer.

For more information about Positively Gee, to buy tickets or give a donation go to http://positivelygee.co.uk/ or email Carol on info@positivelygee.co.uk