GamesAid members vote concludes and successful charities are announced

A record £260,000 raised in the year, five charities to receive £52,000 each, donations up 44% year on year

London, 26 th  September 2013 –  GamesAid, a UK games industry charity for children and young people, has unveiled the five charities that received the most votes from its members and will go on to receive to a donation of £52,000 each.  This represents a 44% increase in donations year on year and sets a new GamesAid record for fundraising at £260,000. Each charity was presented with their cheque for £52,000 at the GamesAid event held at the Eurogamer Expo this afternoon.

The five charities are;  Action for Kids Lifelites , MAPS , Safe@Last and  SpecialEffect 

Chief Executive of Action For Kids, Graham Duncan, said: “GamesAid is a fantastic charity and Action For Kids are thrilled to receive another extremely generous donation from the funds raised by its wonderful members, ambassadors and trustees. We can’t thank everyone enough for taking the time to vote for us;  this donation will help transform the lives of the disabled children and young people we support, by helping us to provide crucial mobility equipment to enable far greater independence and to give them support into learning, training and meaningful employment.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “Gaming is at the heart of everything we do at Lifelites which is why being a GamesAid charity is so important to us. Our connections with GamesAid have helped us to create Enable Gaming, an accessible game-making partnership with London Southbank University students. The funding is also hugely important to us: we’ll be using it to provide children in hospices across the British Isles with opportunities to use assistive technology to communicate, create and take control and, most importantly, to play games with their brothers and sisters. We’re really excited about working with the industry over the next 12 months and want to thank and congratulate everyone involved with GamesAid for their spectacular fundraising efforts.”

Helen Gasparelli, Mentoring & Peer Support (MAPS) Manager added,” Firstly I want to thank GamesAid on behalf of MAPS but more importantly on behalf of the young people that this money will enable us to support. It is not an exaggeration to say that this money really is life changing for so many. We will be able to support young people who are at risk of falling out of the education system for a variety of reasons, such as anxiety, depression, self-harm bullying, family breakdown, peer pressure, domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse.

We will be able to provide 20 young people with a one to one mentor each week for 12 months, a dedicated person who will provide support to improve attainment and engagement, and to achieve emotional well-being. In addition we will support a further 20 young people at risk of becoming NEET (Not In Education Employment or Training) via group work focusing on employment competencies, motivation, aspirations and communication to decrease worklessness, social exclusion and to support young people to feel positive about their future.

GamesAid support will help us to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the borough. A heartfelt thank you to all of you for supporting MAPS your award changes lives.”

Clare Sherratt Head of Communications and Funding at SAFE@LAST said “We’re absolutely delighted that GamesAid members have chosen to support SAFE@LAST.  The funding will be invaluable in helping us to continue to support vulnerable children who have run away from home and will make a real difference helping to keep them safe.”

Dr Mick Donegan Director, SpecialEffect, said "This fantastic donation is a real shot in the arm for anyone with a disability that wants to play video games. Demand for our help has rocketed this year, and we can't thank GamesAid and their thousands of supporters enough for this money. It will go directly towards our unique one-to-one assessments and loans that help people of all ages and all disabilities to get back in the game."

“We are delighted for the winning charities that will share the £260,000, as raised and decided by our members,” said GamesAid chairman Stuart Dinsey.

“New projects are being introduced to drive us to a new record total in 2014 and past £1 million since GamesAid was launched. We welcome members, fund-raisers and potential Trustees who would like to come forward and get involved.”  

All members of the UK Videogames Industry are encouraged to support GamesAid and become members by registering online at www.gamesaid.org

All fundraising donations are gratefully received at www.justgiving.com/gamesaid .

-ENDS-

For more information please contact:

Emily Britt   emilygamesaid@gmail.com

www.gamesaid.org

About GamesAid

GamesAid is a UK based video games charity which acts as an umbrella to support a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people. It is a non-trading body, administered by Trustees who operate on a fixed term basis run by a chairman who is also appointed on a fixed term. All Trustees are volunteers and are not paid anything. GamesAid also runs as an expense free charity. 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. The charities who get the top number of votes then get an equal share of all the monies raised that year, proving that games and gamers can do great things for others.  

 


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