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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, 23 to Sunday, 24 February 2019 to raise money for people with disabilities.

They’ll be playing video games continuously for 24-hours as part of GameBlast19, the UK’s largest gaming marathon weekend, and are aiming to raise £500 for SpecialEffect. This amazing charity uses technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of gaming.

Later Levels are 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.”

“Playing for 24-hours is a big challenge but we’re asking gamers to attempt it to help the thousands of people who, because of a disability, can only sit and watch others have all the fun with family and friends,” said Tom Donegan, the charity’s Events Organiser. “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’. It’s backed by big names in the industry such as GAME, Twitch and Jagex, and aims to raise £100,000.

Later Levels’ efforts will help people like John 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, 23 February 2019 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.

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

Charity no 1121004

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Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

4 thoughts on “GameBlast19: Later Levels’ press release Leave a comment

  1. Best of luck with this! If I had a bit more time to get prepared, I’d participate. I’ve done Extra Life before and that was a ton of fun (archive on my YouTube channel if you’re curious and want to hear me get increasingly exhausted while taking a journey through gaming history: ) but it’d be nice to do a similar event for a charity a bit “closer to home”.

    I’ll be sure to share this later though, hope it all goes great!


    • Thanks so much for the wishes, Pete! ❤

      I can’t believe how quickly the event has come around. I’m a little worried about it because there’s only the two of us this year rather than our usual four; but on the positive side, we’re more prepared than we’ve ever been in terms of equipment and testing. As long as we’ve got enough caffeine we should be fine.

      I’ll check out your videos properly on the commute home, but I love the way you split up the stream into eras! That’s such a good idea (and I apologise now if I end up stealing it for GameBlast20).

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  2. Thanks again for your support, you wonderful people! Just faaaaaaantastic having you aboard again!


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