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GamesAid Raises a Record Breaking £954,000 for 2016!

GamesAid have managed to raise an astonishing £954,000 for 2016!

At this year’s Cheque Giving Ceremony, held at Warner House, 10 charities supporting disabled and disadvantaged young people received £95,400, voted for by hundreds of GamesAid members.

This means that GamesAid has had its biggest year ever, with an increase in funds of 69% compared to last year!

“2016 has been the strongest year yet for GamesAid,” commented GamesAid Chair Ian Chambers. “I’m very proud that the industry not only continues to support the work of GamesAid, but has managed to raise more money for UK charities than ever before. This takes our overall running total to over £2.7million!”

He added: “GamesAid is driven by the passion and fundraising activity of its members. Whether it’s our games industry partners helping us on a large scale throughout the year or our members running marathons, baking cakes, cycling, singing or enjoying a night of comedy, it all makes a huge difference to the lives of the young people our charities support. I’d like to take this chance to sincerely thank everyone who has done something amazing to raise money for GamesAid, but there is always more we can do, so please join us and help continue our growth.”

So, the ten GamesAid charities of 2016 are:

Access Sport

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Access Sport enhances the life prospects of disadvantaged children by providing opportunities to experience and enjoy the power of sport.

We do this by building thriving community sports clubs, led by inspirational local volunteers, in the most disadvantaged areas of London, Bristol, Manchester and Oxford. These clubs provide life-changing opportunities for local, vulnerable young people, whilst creating a lasting, locally-owned community resource.

Our work supports young people aged 5-25, with a particular emphasis on under 18’s who are disabled, disadvantaged or excluded from society. Last year we developed 169 community sports clubs and helped 8,639 young people enjoy sporting activity.

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Accuro is a vibrant charity that provides high quality support for children, young people and adults with a disability in West Essex. For over 30 years we have offered our service users access to leisure and social opportunities in the local community via our youth groups, a Saturday Play Club, a school Holiday Scheme, a Drama Project and an Adult Friendship Scheme.

Our work enhances people’s lives by developing their independence, social skills, self-esteem, confidence, life skills and by reducing their social isolation.  Simultaneously family members are given a break from their caring role and receive often much needed support.

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Action For Kids

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A small, national charity working tirelessly to support disabled children, young people and families, helping them move towards independence by funding vital specialist equipment not available on the NHS, including high-tech powered wheelchairs, trikes and communication aids and delivering a wide range of education and training programmes, offering accredited courses in life / work skills. We also assist them by providing paid and volunteer work placements and sourcing employment opportunities, and providing sporting, social and creative activities for youngsters to get together, gain access to and learn new skills, and to have fun!

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Aidis Trust


Aidis Trust helps children with physical and learning difficulties to benefit from technology. We have done this since 1975, helping thousands of children across the UK.

Our “Everyone Can Game” service adapts computers to help disabled children to get together to play videogames and have fun.

We visit disabled children who struggle to socially integrate, helping them to become an active part of a group and form friendships through gaming.

We find fun games that suit children with varying levels of learning and physical disability.

With GamesAid’s support, our small charity can continue this hugely-popular service and help even more children.

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Blackpool Carers Centre

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Blackpool Carers Centre is an independent, local charity and network partner of Carers Trust.

We provide a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout Blackpool and The Fylde Coast, some as young as 5 years old. Carers provide help and support to a family member who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, frailty, physical or mental illness, substance misuse or disability.

We offer respite activity and emotional and practical support, which is often a lifeline for many carers who would otherwise feel isolated and unable to cope.

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The Clock Tower Sanctuary

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The Clock Tower Sanctuary in Brighton is the only drop-in service providing all-round information, advice and support for homeless young people aged 16-25 in the city.

We aim to intervene early with vulnerable, isolated young people to help turn their lives around and prevent a potential life of entrenched homelessness.

We provide Crisis Support to help a young person with their immediate crisis needs (e.g food, showers, drop-ins from specialist services) and Move-On Support to help a young person unlock their potential and move into training, employment and independent living (e.g. life skills courses, activities and 121 individualised case working).

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Lifelites is the only charity that provides specialist inclusive and assistive technologies to help life-limited and disabled children in every hospice in the British Isles to feel ‘normal’ for a while. Thanks to Lifelites, these children, irrespective of their disabilities are able to: play games with their brothers and sisters on a level playing field; use a computer to learn; communicate with their parents and carers; and have some control over their lives. Best of all, they can relax with their families and escape from their illness at what is often a difficult time for them all.

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MAPS supports children and young people who are experiencing mental or emotional distress and have complex and multiple needs. These young people have feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self-harm, social isolation or risk taking behaviours. Many have experienced domestic abuse, have parents with poor mental health or substance misuse issues, are young carers, struggle educationally or live in economically challenging situations.

MAPS provides mentors, positive role models, who provide a safe space each week for the young person to unpack life with a trusted adult who is non-judgemental, listens and supports them as they need to be supported.

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Solving Kids’ Cancer


Solving Kids’ Cancer helps children, and their families, affected by the rarest and most aggressive childhood cancers. We offer emotional, practical and clinical support to families, and help children to access cutting-edge clinical trials available outside the UK which represent their best chance of survival. Putting the immediate needs of families at the centre of our work, we fight childhood cancer on all fronts; through research, education and awareness, and advocating on behalf of children for the very best standard of treatment and care.

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special-effect-gamer-charitySpecial Effect puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.

By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, we’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

But we’re not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, we’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

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Thank you to all our members who did something to riase money for our biggest year ever. The bar has been set incredibly high. Bring on 2017!