Your news: Gamers to battle sleep in 24-hour charity challenge

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Committed video gamer Kay Bourne, aka Rating Hyperion, from Broadfield is gearing up to burn the midnight gaming oil on Friday 25th February to Saturday 26th February to raise money for people with disabilities.

She will be playing video games continuously for 24 hours as part of GameBlast17, the UK’s largest gaming marathon weekend, and are aiming to raise at least £200 for the charity SpecialEffect, who use technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of video games.

Kay is asking people to help them reach their target by sponsoring them via their online fundraising page.

“I am a disabled gamer myself and I know the challenges of struggling to play games tech that is already available. At some point, I know that I will have to ask for help and I also know how much of a struggle it is for people to ask for help sometimes. I really want to raise money for a fantastic charity who help everyone be able to play video games again” said Kay Bourne.

“Playing for 24 hours is a big challenge, but we’re asking people to attempt it to help the thousands of people who, because of a disability, can only sit and watch other people have all the fun with family and friends.” said Mark Saville, the charity’s Communications Officer.

“GameBlast is an opportunity for people to do what they love best and level the playing field for people with disabilities at the same time.”

The charity are inviting teams of friends, family members and work colleagues to join the GameBlast event, which has been likened to a ‘Children in Need’ for gamers. It’s backed by big names in the games industry including GAME, Twitch, and Faceit, and aims to raise £100,000.

“Rating Hyperion’s efforts will help people like John (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHbzFMggIm0&feature=youtu.be) who never thought he’d be able to play video games again because his muscular dystrophy stopped him using a controller,” said Mark. “The sponsorship raised through the GameBlast weekend will change the lives of many more people like John through the gift of gaming fun and inclusivity.”

Anyone can sponsor the team online at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RatingHyperion

More details of the GameBlast17 event can be found at: https://www.gameblast17.com/

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