Ajay is one of the 75 teams and individuals that have already registered to push themselves to their gaming limits to help people with disabilities.
He’s signed up for SpecialEffect’s GameBlast event, where gamers will play hard in marathons lasting up to 24 hours to support the charity, who help people with disabilities to enjoy video games.
The teams will undertake their marathons over the weekend of 21-23 February.
“If it wasn’t for SpecialEffect then many people with disabilities, including myself, wouldn’t be able to play computer games,” said Ajay, who will be playing an FPS for seven hours straight. “They’ve brought fun and inclusion back into many people’s lives.”
Ajay, an IT support analyst, has spinal muscular atrophy and hadn't been able to play since he lost his hand dexterity when was 16 years old.
“I contacted SpecialEffect last year asking them if they could help me to get back gaming again. I had lost the ability to use any type of games controller, but with their assistance and perseverance they found a controller I could use along with voice recognition software.”
Ajay’s fundraising target is £500, and you can support him at Ajay at http://www.justgiving.com/Ajay-Yadav. There’s a video of him using his gaming setup at http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/activities/ajay
“It’s going to be a brilliant weekend,” said Mark Saville, the charity’s Communications Officer. “Gamers all over the UK and beyond will be taking part, and it’s a very powerful way of showing that games can be a force for good. We’re blown away by the response.”
The event will form part of the charity’s efforts to raise the £750,000 they require this year to meet demand for their services.