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Later Levels to battle sleep in 24-hour charity challenge

Committed gamers Later Levels are gearing up to burn the midnight gaming oil from Saturday, 27 to Sunday, 28 February 2021 to raise money for people with disabilities.

They’ll be playing video games continuously for 24-hours as part of GameBlast21, the UK’s largest gaming marathon weekend, and are aiming to raise over £3,500 for SpecialEffect. This amazing charity uses technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of gaming.

The Later Levels team is asking everyone to help them raise awareness for the organisation and reach their donation target by sponsoring them via their online fundraising page.

SpecialEffect makes it possible for everyone to play the video games we enjoy and take for granted, through assessment and equipment modification,” said Pete, a Later Levels’ streamer. “We believe in the positive power of gaming, and GameBlast gives us a chance to put this belief into action by showing our support for the charity.”

“Many people across the UK will be playing video games for up to 24 hours. It’s a big challenge, but they’re attempting it to help the thousands of people who, because of a disability, can only sit and watch other people have all the fun,” said Tom Donegan, the head of the charity’s fundraising and communications team. “GameBlast is an opportunity for everybody to do what they love best and level the playing field for individuals with disabilities at the same time.”

The charity is inviting teams of friends, family members and work colleagues to join the event, which has been likened to a ‘Children in Need for gamers’. There’s no strict requirement for people to take on gaming marathons, and many teams and individuals will be playing board games or holding gaming-related events. The aim is to raise a total of £100,000.

Later Levels’ efforts will help people like Aaron who never thought he’d be able to play video games again because his muscular dystrophy stopped him using a controller, ” said Tom. “The sponsorship raised through the GameBlast weekend will change the lives of many more people like him through the gift of gaming fun and inclusivity.”

Anyone can sponsor the team online via their JustGiving page and watch them live from 08:00 GMT on Saturday, 27 February 2021 on their Twitch channel. More details about the GameBlast event can be found on the official website.

SpecialEffect is an award-winning charity that helps people with disabilities to benefit from the fun, rehabilitation and therapy of video games. They support people of all ages through assessments, equipment loans and equipment modifications.

The Stable Block, Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3EH
Office: 01608 810055
Twitter: @SpecialEffect
Facebook: SpecialEffectCharity

Charity no 1121004

GameBlast21: Later Levels’ press release

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