SKSP 5 in the bag

As this is written our last gamer of 2014, Chris Pilkington, is finishing off his FIFA challenge which saw him play a game as every English league club in the game over his 24 hour marathon. The session saw, among other things, Scotland youngster Jordan Rhodes’ score a 40 yard scorcher against Burnley. For that alone we salute you!

Finished Sick KidsMeanwhile last year Scott Murdoch ran an actual marathon while playing games. This year he assembled an almighty crew to recreate the Sick Kids Hospital itself in Minecraft. Marvel at their handiwork, then marvel again as I tell you it was done in SURVIVAL mode… Scott tells me they still had time to kill the dragon after completing the hospital. HURRAH!

Alex Sievwright also did Minecraft creations, but some of those were a little ruder. His commentary as always was hilarious.

Added to that, Rockstar heroes and SKSP veterans Steev and Mags played over the odds again, and our very own field operative Ross tackled his list of shame in a difficult solo run. Many, many more of you took part, loads for the first time, and we thank you.

At the last count the total had shot over £8,000 which means Sick Kids Save Point has raised over £70,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. This money raised will make a real difference to the work of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation and is a true testament to all your hard work and dedication.

Will you make the GRade?

sksp1We’re only days away, and the popular GRcade gaming forums have donated 3 T-shirts to this year’s prize draw. With members like Shawn Smith and Chris Devlin signed up to this year’s marathon, the organisers have agreed to make a special tee for whoever this year’s top player is!

The gaming forums are busy, friendly and active, with loads of useful stuff like video game guides and tips alongside the usual friendly banter. For example user Andrew Mills prepared these great Mario Kart 8 video guides if anyone’s planning some racing this weekend.

The top player from Sick Kids Save Point 2, Neil Gow is a member of the forums.

GRcade has been my online home for about 10 years now. It’s also the home of some rather excellent individuals and an indispensable community for ‘games and stuff’, as the site heading suggests.

As some of you will be aware, I got involved with SKSP when my young son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I went to the other forum members to ask for help with ideas of what to play and to sponsor me if they were able to. The support I got from gamers in general was amazing. Not only did they make a huge contribution towards to my final £1,500 total but they also designed a special banner to mark the occasion and gave me a ‘list from hell’ of games to play that fitted right in with my theme of playing rubbish for the 24 hours.

I owe GRcade a lot as they’ve been there for me when things haven’t been the best, providing laughs and gaming chat all the way.”