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GamesAid’s record breaking 2014 raises £438k!

Today GamesAid, the UK  video  games  industry’s  charity, distributed the monies raised in 2013-2014 by its members, friends and supporters at a special cheque-giving ceremony during the Eurogamer Expo at London’s Earls Court.

 GamesAid also made several announcements about its record fundraising achievements for 2014 as well as unveiling a brand new comedy fundraising event at the Manchester Comedy Store on October 20th.

 “2014 has been a massive year for GamesAid,” said GamesAid Chair, Stuart Dinsey.  “We’ve raised more money, supported more charities and distributed bigger individual cheques than ever before.”

 The outgoing Chair continued, “As I step down after my three year tenure as Trustee and Chair I think I can safely say that GamesAid has never been stronger, better supported, or more able to make a real difference to the lives of kids and young people through the charities we support – it’s a great thing to be a part of and I encourage anyone involved in the video games industry to become a member today by signing up at www.gamesaid.org.”

 Each year members of GamesAid  nominate and vote to decide on the good causes that receive charity funding. Those charities gaining the highest number of votes receive an equal share of all the monies raised. In previous years the organisation has supported four or five charities, but this year GamesAid has expanded its reach with seven supported charities each receiving for £62,571 – the highest individual amounts GamesAid has ever  awarded.

 A total of £438,000 was raised in 2013-4, bringing cumulative funds raised by the charity’s loyal supporters since it was established in 2007 to £1.2 million.

 The charities receiving the funding during the movingLondonceremony were Special Effect, Lifelites, Action for Kids, Jigsaw4U, Safe at Last, Accuro and MAPS.

 In addition to meeting the due diligence requirements of GamesAid, this diverse range of charities had two key things in common: they all work tirelessly to support children and young people in the UK, and all struck a nerve with GamesAid Members – who voted in even greater numbers than last year.

 GamesAid’s patron, Imran Yusuf stated “Since the voting process closed on Thursday  11th September and the votes were counted, the Trustees have been informing the successful charities about the news. This is one of the most rewarding activities that GamesAid’s trusty volunteers get involved in each year – all the more given we’re supporting seven charities this year.” He added , “Those charities that didn’t quite make the grade shouldn’t be disheartened – it’s worth reapplying and lobbying next year too – the more awareness you can build up, the more likely Members are to vote for you in the future!”

 Imran Yusuf’s thoughts have already turned to fundraising efforts for 2015 – and GamesAid also announced today that the successful Comedy Store night, Stand Up for GamesAid will be headed to the Comedy Store in Manchesteron October 20th 2014. He asked for people to “save the date and start booking meetings in the North for that Monday as well, more details very soon. “

 During the cheque giving ceremony, Stuart Dinsey, GamesAid’s outgoing Chair offered his heartfelt thanks to all the people who supported GamesAid in 2014, and made this the biggest year in the charity’s history. He said that “GamesAid only exists thanks to the energy, passion and fundraising efforts of the games industry. Thank you so much for your support. You are simply amazing.”

 

MORE INFORMATION

About the charities supported at the EXG Event:

Accuro

Accuro supports children and adults with a disability and their families with a wide range of services from shared carers, family Support Workers along with Holiday Schemes, Youth Groups, Saturday Play Club and Adult Schemes. Accuro also offers support from the birth of a child through Parenting Support with home visits to provide advice as how to access local services.

For more information please check http://www.accuro.org.uk

Action For Kids

Action For Kids is a national charity working closely with families of disabled children and young people to help them deal with the barriers to independence by funding specialist equipment, offering family support and providing a wide range of education and training options and access to work programmes.

For more information please check http://www.actionforkids.org/

Jigsaw 4u

Jigsaw is a charity working to support children and young people through the trauma, loss and bereavement. It brings together children and young people who feel alone and different, so that by sharing their experiences they can develop the tools to move forward with their lives.

For more information please check http://www.jigsaw4u.org.uk

Lifelites

“Magical technology for children in hospices

Through the magic of technology, Lifelites gives life-limited and disabled children in hospices opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.  Thanks to our bundle of specialist equipment, these young people can learn and play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate – for as long as it is possible.

…And we do this for 9,000 children at all 49 baby and children’s hospices across the UK and Ireland.  So wherever you are, there will be a Lifelites project for children near you. “

For more information please check http://www.lifelites.org/

MAPS (Mentoring and Advocacy and Peer Support)

MAPS is a specialist mentoring programme, which provides every young person referred with a long-term, one-to-one mentor who is carefully selected support the young person for 12 months. Working withSouth London’s most vulnerable young people. MAPS expertly places people who listen with young people who need to be heard.

For more information please check www.mapsmentoring.co.uk

Safe @ Last

SAFE at LAST provides a range of services to support young people who are at risk through running away and, as a result, are at risk of becoming involved in dangerous lifestyles choices such as taking drugs, abusing alcohol, sleeping rough, having unsafe sex, missing school and much more. For more information please visit http://www.safeatlast.org.uk

Special Effect

Special Effect is the onlyUKbased charity dedicated to helping ALL people with disabilities enjoy video games. From injured soldiers to young disabled people who can’t play any other way. Special Effect is changing the way the whole world plays through collaboration with developers and the acclaimed online information service, the Gamebase.

For more information please check http://www.specialeffect.org.uk

About GamesAid

GamesAid is aUKbased video games charity (Registered UK Charity # 1081706) which supports a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people. As the only fully democratic charity in the games space, members of the games industry propose and vote for the charities of their choice annually. Funds are predominantly used to support children’s charities in theUK, with limited application for overseas causes; for education, health, housing and social welfare.

Why support GamesAid?

In 2013 the Industry raised an impressive £260,000 in total and the five supported charities received £52,000 each. That money has changed and transformed lives throughout the year. The charities chosen through the vote  in 2013 were LifeLites, Special Effect, Action for Kids, MAPS, Safe at Last. They can be seen talking about their experiences in the Story of GamesAid movie here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH4C7cgytCg

GamesAid’s members have raised a record amount in 2014 since the charity was established in 2007, and as a democratic organisation, it’s the members who decide how these significant funds will be allocated.

GamesAid members belong to an interactive entertainment industry that is one of the biggest in the world.  TheUKboasts 48 of the world’s most profitable games studios, and employs a highly talented group of individuals: 80% ofUKbased videogames workers are educated to degree level, compared with 24% of theUKworking age population.

Membership of GamesAid and involvement in the 2014 ballot is a simple way of this important UKbusiness sector giving something back to the community. By voting Members can help allocate significant funds to disadvantaged and disabled children and young people in the UK: It’s Your Industry, Your Charity, Your Decision.

PR CONTACT

Emily Britt: emilygamesaid@gmail.com

Cat Channon: catherinechannon@hotmail.co.uk