IN PICTURES: GamesAid charities receive £36k each

GamesAid last night revealed the final winners of its 2012 charity vote.

Action For Kids, Jigsaw4U, Small Steps, Special Effect and The Willow Foundation were the five charities that got the nod from GamesAid members.To be in the running each charity had to have a turnover of 5m or less and running costs of no more than 30 per cent.

Each received 36,000 in funding. This has been raised by several individuals and companies working across the games industry

Here are the pictures:

Action for Kids

Action For Kids works 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.


Jigsaw4uis a charity working to support children and young people through 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 in their lives.

Small Steps

Small Steps runs structured sessions every morning / afternoon for groups of severely disabled children and their parents. Parents are hands-on with their own child throughout sessions, directed and assisted by a professional team including physiotherapist and conductor-teachers, learning skills themselves in order to support their child through the daily routine.

Special Effect

SpecialEffect is the only specialist UK-based 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. They’re also changing the way the whole WORLD plays through collaboration with developers and acclaimed online information service – the ‘GameBase’.

The Willow Foundation

The Willow Foundation is the only charity in the UK to provide positive and life-enhancing Special Days for seriously ill16 to 40 year olds.Special Days aim to provide beneficiaries and loved ones with a break from the realities of diagnosis and treatment. Spending quality time with family and friends can help restore a sense of normality, boost confidence and create precious memories.

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