GamesAid has unveiled the five charities that received the most votes from its members which will go receive a donation of £52,000 each. This represents a 44% increase in donations year on year and sets a new GamesAid record for fundraising at £260,000. Each charity was presented with their cheque for £52,000 at the GamesAid event held at the Eurogamer Expo this afternoon.
The five successful charities are; Action for Kids, Lifelites, MAPS, Safe@Last and SpecialEffect.
Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “Gaming is a very important part of what we do at Lifelites which is why being a GamesAid charity is so important to us. Our connections with GamesAid have helped us to create Enable Gaming, an accessible game-making partnership with London Southbank University students.
"The funding is also hugely important to us: we’ll be using it to provide children in hospices across the UK and Ireland with opportunities to use assistive technology to communicate, create and take control and, most importantly, to play games with their brothers and sisters. We’re really excited about working with the industry over the next 12 months and want to thank and congratulate everyone involved with GamesAid for their spectacular fundraising efforts.”
“We are delighted for the winning charities that will share the £260,000, as raised and decided by our members,” said GamesAid chairman Stuart Dinsey. "New projects are being introduced to drive us to a new record total in 2014 and past £1 million since GamesAid was launched. We welcome members, fund-raisers and potential Trustees who would like to come forward and get involved.”
All members of the UK Videogames Industry are encouraged to support GamesAid and become members by registering online at www.gamesaid.org