On Your Marks…

As we all try to get some well needed sleep before this dry-eyed thumb crampy weekend, I’m delighted to say that we have SMASHED our target already.  Currently we have raised over 12,000 pounds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.  This means that collectively we can do our marathons knowing that we genuinely have made a difference, as well as redressing the bad image that gaming has.

First to kick off in the morning is actor and writer Alex Sievewright who has set himself an 8am start.  Good luck Alex!  You can follow his progress on twitter, where he is known as @wibbleflopp.  Please show him support for being our pacemaker by sponsoring him a couple of quid.  Here is his Just Giving page.

Also to look out for this weekend are the Ultimate Minecraft team, who (as the name suggests) are playing nothing but minecraft for their whole marathon!  They’ll be streaming their efforts here.  Also if you’re at a loose end in Edinburgh this weekend pop in to Twitch Gaming, the local Interactive Video Gaming Centre in Nicolson street, who’ll be taking part from 11am on Saturday.

Good Luck to all our participants, and keep up the good work.  If you’re not taking part, sponsor us by texting SKSP 77 + £(amount) to 70070

Skyscanner: Come Fly With Us

We’re delighted to see Flight search site Skyscanner taking part in Sick Kids Save Point this year.  A group of employees will be undertaking our gaming marathon this weekend, according to their site.

“We expect that some of our staff will be a bit frazzled come Monday morning – but hey – it’s all for a good cause!” they tell us.  Good luck team – fly true!  They’ve shot up our leaderboard to third, raising almost 600 pounds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation in a week!

TEXT your support

Thanks to Just Giving and Vodaphone you can support all the gamers who will be undertaking a 24 hour marathon this weekend by texting SKSP77 plus a donation amount (e.g £10) to 70070.  Even just a couple of quid goes a long way to helping making the lives of Sick Children easier.

Our Hero Donates A Prize

copyright Jack Henderson

We’re delighted to add an addition to our prize list. Jack Henderson, the Sick Kids Fundraising phenomenon of this last year, has donated a signed copy of his book ‘Jack Draws Anything’ – a collection of his brilliant and often hilarious drawings.

Jack Henderson (6), of Prestonpans, East Lothian came up with the idea to “draw anything” in return for donations to the hospital that treats his wee brother, after a family friend bought one of his drawings for 20p. After two weeks, Jack had over 500 picture requests and then came TV appearances and international recognition!  Now he has raised over £25,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. The requested pictures range from a “dinosaur diving into a pool of jelly” (#1) to “my (extremely bald) friend Brian dancing like a crazy man” (#80). Sick Kids Save Point wanted to put a request in but by the time we donated Jack was overwhelmed by the requests and had a backlog of several months. No biggy – we were happy to support him anyway as he’s been a real inspiration to us. Thanks Jack – you’re our hero!

Go check out his latest drawings at his blog. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is raise £100 or more in sponsorship.