I’m immensely proud of Sick Kids Save Point. We’ve raised over £71,000 for the Sick Kids Hospital over the last five years, by playing games for 24 hours.
It snowballed into a major event on the Scottish gaming calender, and it did a whole load of good improving the image of gamers at a time when a lot of horrible headlines were penetrating mainstream media. (Yes, I’m talking about you gamergate.)
Anyway, I took a year out last year because I was overworked by the referendum, moving house on the weekend, and I felt I’d tapped up my friends enough over the years. That said, we still had an amazing group of gamers from all over the country who raised a phenomenal amount for sick children and their worried parents. It was proof the event has a life of its own.
That said, this year I’m back, because the charity still does its amazing work, and in fact they are gearing up to move to a sparkling new hospital at Little France. This move is difficult culturally, because people have such personal and emotional memories of the building at Sciennes. But that makes the work of the charity in smoothing that transition even more important.
We want to see if we can push our total over 100,000 this year. That means we need to have our best year ever. That means we need you. Please consider joining us to undertake the challenge, on the 9th-11th October. Or if you can’t please consider sponsoring us. Every little donation will help us towards that total.
Thanks, so much, for all your support over the last five years.
We thought we’d pre-empt Sony’s big announcement on the 20th with an announcement of our own. Forget the fourth instalment of Playstation, we can confirm that the fourth Sick Kids Save Point gaming marathon will take place this year, on the weekend of 11th – 13th October.
If you think you could play games for 24 hours to raise valuable money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation then all you have to do is click the button below to make a fundraising page on Just Giving, pick a slot of 24 hours that weekend, and start collecting sponsorship.
We have raised over £45,000 for the charity over the last three years. This money has gone towards helping and supporting children at the Royal Hosptial for Sick Children in Edinburgh, which treats kids from all over the country. Since SKSP has been running, they have purchased specialist medical equipment for the hospital. This year could easily be the best yet.
Scotland’s 24 hour video game marathon will return in 2012, on the weekend of the 12th-14th October.
In the last 2 years gamers across the UK have raised over £28,000 for The Sick Kids Friends Foundation in Edinburgh. Along the way we’ve had the incredible support of Rockstar North, our local games behemoth, who have donated substantially to our total as well as some truly awesome prizes for our top participants. We’ve also had brilliant support from Codemasters UK and Journalist Scott Munro who have donated Nintendo DS Lites and games for the hospital to help with rehabilitation of sick children there.
Special mention must also go to independent games designer Tony Gowland and and Queensferry dad Neil Gow, who were our top players of 2010 & 2011 respectively. Along with podcast Downtoforit X, cheap flight comparison gurus Skyscanner, local ska band More From Jim, Icthus Christian Fellowship and the guys at Twitch gaming, Edinburgh’s PC gaming centre, these brave gamers took part in a non stop gaming session of 24 hours straight! Think it sounds easy? Think again – these gamers and many, many more pushed past the fun barrier to support the work of The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
And in 2012, you can too. Just choose any 24-hour slot between 12th-14th October, and watch this space for more details! Any questions? Come find us on Facebook or Twitter..
Neil Gow, who has just edged into pole position on our leaderboard, has appeared in his local newspaper, The Queensferry Gazette. There is a lovely interview with Neil, including a picture with his kids, in which they are playing on a laptop with Dualshock 3 controllers! Shareware drivers is it, Neil?
Neil’s s 22-month old son Conor, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over the summer, so he’s had unfortunate first hand experience of the hospital we’re raising money for. For your son, for all of us, you’re a hero!