Vote for your games industry charities

Industry body GamesAid is asking members to vote for the charities it will support this year.

Nine charities are in the running, all of which generate less than 5m in turnover per year. Voting closes on October 21st. The final few will receive at least 20,000 and be revealed at the UKIE annual general meeting on Friday, November 4th.

Once again the GamesAid members have nominated a fantastic and diverse range of charities – all more than worthy of this year’s donations,” GamesAid trustee Caroline Miller told MCV.We are proud to be associated with such fantastic causes and we encourage our membership to vote so that the partnership charities democratically reflect our industry’s wishes.”

To vote, visit the GamesAid website, log in and head to the members section. It is free to become a member.


Action for Kids – supplies equipment for children with disabilities. Will fund five to ten wheelchairs, trikes and buggies.

CHIVA – supports families affected by HIV. Donations pay for food and accommodation at a support camp.

MAPS Schools Mentoring Volunteer Centre Sutton – provides a mentoring and peer support service for students. Money will be used to recruit 20 volunteer mentors.

Jigsaw4u – helps young people deal with divorces, deaths or serious illnesses. Money can provide one year’s grief support for 20 families.

Lifelites – provides educational technology for around 7,000 children in hospices. Money will be spent on new equipment.

SpecialEffect – helps disabled kids play modified video games. Money will fund its support and loan library.

The Family Holiday Association – provides seaside breaks to young carers and their families. Will use money for a range of breaks.

The Willow Foundation – provides days out for seriously ill 16 to 40-year-old people. Money will fund activity days.

Winston’s Wish – helps bereaved children cope with the loss of a parent or loved one. Money will be spent to support to 20 families.

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