£438,000: GamesAid smashes industry charity record

Christopher Dring
£438,000: GamesAid smashes industry charity record

At London's Earls Court today, GamesAid revealed that it had raised 438,000 for seven charities over the last 12 months.

It's a huge increase over the previous year's 260,000, which in itself was a record for the now six-year old games industry charity. In total, GamesAid has raised over 1.2m since its inception

That figure will be distributed amongst seven charities, more than ever before. Accuro, Lifelites, MAPS, Special Effect, Jigsaw 4U, Safe At Last and Action for Kids were the charities nominated by GamesAid's members to receive 62,571 each.

What's more, the charity has told MCV that its membership has gone up by 20 per cent. There are now 1,500 games industry people joining the organization.

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.

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.”

He added: 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.”

Gamesaid is also launching a new comedy fundraising event in Manchester next month. The event will take place on October 20th.

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