by Fraser Clarke

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Sick Kids Save Point Poster for Charity PR

A CHILDREN’S charity calling for people to sign up for a 24-hour-marathon but it doesn’t involve any running and can be done from the comfort of your sofa.

The Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC) is urging people to participate in the UK’s largest 24-hour gaming marathon to help raise funds.

Sick Kids Save Point will take place on the weekend of Friday 13 October with the charity keen to encourage as many people as possible to take part.

The fundraiser is not just for avid computer gamers as participants can work in teams and choose games of their choice on their mobiles or social media while traditional board games are also encouraged.

Vicki Watson, Community Fundraiser at ECHC, said: “The Sick Kids Save Point is such a terrific event as anyone can get involved.

“You can chip in for an hour as part of a team or go the distance by yourself. It’s always great to see the pictures on social media and it shows how the event really engages with people.

“It’s great as well because it’s not everyone who can run or do physically strenuous challenges to raise money for charity but the Sick Kids Save Point is accessible for everyone.”

Participants are asked to update the gaming community on social media using the hashtag #sksp with pictures and clips of themselves as they take on the 24-hour challenge.

To date the event has raised over £100,000 for ECHC. It is the brainchild of Tom Freeman who came up with the idea back in 2009 when his daughter had just been born and wasn’t sleeping much.

Tom said: “The idea of playing games for 24 hours seemed like great way to raise much-needed funds for such an amazing local charity.

“I’m delighted that it’s now turned into this brilliant annual event which has gone global and ultimately helped so many children through the ECHC.

“I’d also like to give a special thanks to Rockstar North who have donated each year and also gifted the hospital with prizes throughout the year.’

The gamers are encouraged to take regular breaks and drink plenty of water as they power themselves through the day-long marathon.

Sick Kids Save Point is free to enter and there is no minimum sponsorship. All participants are simply encouraged to raise as much money as they can.

Children under 18 must participate as part of a team rather than doing the full 24 hours by themselves.

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