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GamesAid breaks records and raises £564k for Kids’ Charities

12031507_1021038361281184_7572873164339929364_oGamesAid is very proud to announce it has smashed its funding record for the eighth year in a row. £564,000 has been raised by the UK games business over the last 12 months, an increase of 29 per cent over previous years. This money will be split between eight charities – more than ever before.

Accuro, Action for Kids, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Lifelites, MAPS, Safe @ Last, SpecialEffect and Jigsaw 4 U have all received £70,500 each and each was handed the cheques at the annual awards ceremony at Warner House in London, last night.

“2015 has been another incredible year for GamesAid” commented GamesAid Chair Emily Britt. “Once again we’ve raised more money, supported more charities and distributed bigger individual cheques than ever before.”

She added: “Before I step down after my three year tenure as a Trustee at Christmas, I am happy to say that GamesAid has never been more supported, stronger and positioned to make a massive difference to the lives of kids and young people throughout the UK. We’re now support the work of eight diverse children’s charities. I’d like encourage anyone involved in the video games industry to become a member today and see what we can achieve next year!”

“GamesAid only exists thanks to the energy, passion and fundraising efforts of the UK video games industry. Thank you so much for your support. You are simply amazing.”

GamesAid has raised £1.7m in its eight-year history. GamesAid charity initiatives this year have included the Stand Up For GamesAid comedy night, the GamesAid Golf day, the Brighton Poker Night and a variety of Humble Bundle initiatives. Games industry members are welcome to join the charity for free by signing up here at Gamesaid.org.

Here’s what the charities and the individuals who they help had to say:

“Accuro is delighted to be receiving this funding from GamesAid for the second year running. The money we received last year has been used to run a drama project that has enhanced the lives of many of the young people whom we support. Through the project we have seen increased confidence and self-esteem among all the young people and have received positive feedback from all their families.” Jane Band, Accuro Beams Project Co-ordinator

“I really want to say thank you to everyone involved in GamesAid for supporting a charity who have done so much to help me get my life back. Most people don’t realise that computer games can be the best form of distraction from living with a disability, and because of GamesAid and SpecialEffect, people like myself are able to have that distraction.”
Tom Clark, Beneficiary and Ambassador, SpecialEffect

“MAPS is delighted to have been awarded this generous gift by GamesAid and overwhelmed by the number of people involved in raising such magnificent sums of money, we simply cannot thank them enough. This donation will enable us to reach more young people in desperate need by providing dedicated mentors to support vulnerable young people struggling with their mental and emotional health, to provide them with space and time to unpack life and support them through some dark and difficult times. GamesAid simply changes lives and brings a possible future in to a reality!”
Helen Gasparelli, Manager, MAPS

“We are so excited to be selected as a GamesAid charity partner and cannot thank the industry enough for their support, votes and all their amazing fundraising efforts. Disabled children and young people face huge barriers to independence and opportunities and this grant will allow us to provide more vital and life changing mobility equipment and access to high quality education, training and employment prospects.”
Lyn Prodger, Corporate Partnerships Manager, Action for Kids

“GamesAid funding means that we can employ staff members to work with children and young people where they have experience a sudden and traumatic death i.e. murder, manslaughter, suicide, road traffic accident etc. GamesAid funding also means that we are able to provide quality resources to children and their families e.g. memory boxes, journals, photo albums, specialist reading books etcetera. That’s why we are so thrilled to receive this GamesAid award.”
Claire Powell, Macmillan Senior Project Coordinator, Jigsaw4u Pre and Post Bereavement Support

“Funding from GamesAid will help us continue to keep children in South Yorkshire safe. We work with children who run away from home and who are incredibly vulnerable and at risk of becoming victims of crime, being sexually exploited, missing education, abusing drugs and alcohol and becoming estranged from their families. Thanks to GamesAid’s support we can provide young people with someone independent to talk to help them reduce their running away episodes and keep them safe.” Tracy Haycox, Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Safe @ Last

“We’re absolutely thrilled and delighted to have been chosen as one of GamesAid’s charities again this year. The donation and support we get from GamesAid really helps Lifelites to push the boundaries of our work across the British Isles to select the very latest and best technologies to enhance the lives of children in hospices.” James Hunt, Fundraising Development Manager, Lifelites

“With youth homelessness on the rise, we have been struggling to cope with demand on our services. We are so thankful to GamesAid and to those members who voted for The Clock Tower Sanctuary. This donation is one of the biggest we have received in our 17 years of history – it will make a huge difference, enabling us to bring to life new projects which will help vulnerable homeless young people get their lives back on track and move away from a life on the streets. This money will genuinely change lives. I’m not sure when I’m going to stop smiling.”
Kate Kirkham, Director, The Clock Tower Sanctuary