The UK games industry charity, GamesAid, has raised a record £260,000 in donations for the year. The five charities benefiting, as voted for by members, were each presented a cheque for £52,000 at the GamesAid event during Eurogamer Expo.
GamesAid acts to support several smaller charities to help out children and young adults who are disabled or at a disadvantage. The five charities benefiting this year are: Action for Kids, Lifelites, MAPS, [email protected] and Special Effect.
Action for Kids provides mobility equipment to help disabled young people achieve more independence as well as training for meaningful employment.
Lifelites created the game-making partnership, Enable Gaming, with London Southbank University and has plans to use the generous funds to provide children in hospices technology to assist with communication.
MAPS (Mentoring and Peer Support) works to keep teens from dropping out of the education system and helps them work through the issues such as bullying, domestic violence or depression through the use of mentors.
[email protected] helps keep children who have run away from home safe.
SpecialEffect provides people who are disable the chance to play video games through one-on-one assessments and loans. Such a thing can be a huge bright spot in someone’s life.
GamesAid has already introduced new projects in the effort to set yet another record for 2014 and welcomes new members to come get involved.
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