Video games can be more than just entertainment. They tell amazing stories, bring people together and have the power to do so much good. So surely everyone deserves to be able to play them?
At Later Levels we support SpecialEffect, a UK-based charity which believes everybody should be able to benefit from the joy of gaming. Their aim is to put the fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to join in, through technology such as modified hardware and eye-control software.
Click on the sections below to find out more about the charity’s work, what we’re doing to help SpecialEffect, and how you can show your support for this amazing cause. It’s everyone’s turn to play.
Donate to SpecialEffect
SpecialEffect is devoted to helping people with severe physical challenges to access technology for fun and social inclusion. They don’t receive any kind of government grant but still provide their one-to-one support completely free of charge: that’s why every donation, no matter how big or small, really helps the charity to continue its work.
As explained in our full disclosure statement, all money received via our JustGiving page opposite goes straight to the charity. We really appreciate all the support our readers have shown for this cause, and you can find out what we’re doing to earn your donations in the sections below.
We’ve supported SpecialEffect here at Later Levels since 2013 and take part in their GameBlast event every year. In the past we’ve completed extended streaming marathons but for 2020 we’re going even bigger: we’re aiming to play video games for at least an hour a day for 50-days straight from 19:00 GMT on Sunday, 05 January 2020.
Adult responsibilities make this challenge far harder than it initially seems and it’s going to take plenty of organisation and coordination – not to mention a ton of batteries for our controllers. Our schedule will be published on Twitter and Instagram every Saturday and you’ll be able to catch us live on Twitch usually in the evenings, so please do stop by and say hello!
It wouldn’t be GameBlast without a streaming marathon, and so we’re ending our 50-day challenge above with a 24-hour session. Hundreds of other gamers all over the UK will be doing the same during the weekend of 21-23 February 2020 to raise as much funding and awareness for SpecialEffect as possible.
We’ll be live on Twitch for our entire marathon from 08:00 GMT on Saturday, 22 February 2020 with plenty of video games and coffee – and our cat Zelda will probably make a few appearances too. The genres and games we’re planning to play are shown below and everyone is welcome to join in – please do get in touch if you fancy joining us for a game or two!
* All times shown are in GMT.
We don’t just play video games for SpecialEffect – we run for them too! Kim has taken part in the ASICS London 10K race for the charity several times now and will be participating again at 09:30 GMT on Sunday, 05 July 2020.
Keep an eye on Instagram for details on her training progress: will she finally manage to complete the run in under an hour in 2020? Check out the dedicated event webpage if you’d like to sign up yourself, or get in touch with SpecialEffect if you fancy being a part of their cheer-team on the day.
A couple of hours of your time will make a tremendous difference, both to you and SpecialEffect. Without help from volunteers, they would be unable to deliver as many fundraising events and reach as many people as they do.
We’ve been volunteering for the charity since 2013 at expos such as EGX Rezzed and MCM Comic Con, and you can find out more about our experiences here. Take a look at the dedicated section on the SpecialEffect website for more information and get in touch with them if you’re interested in joining in.
For more information about SpecialEffect and details about their projects, check out their website. You can also head over to their YouTube channel to see examples of their awesome work, and give them a follow on Twitter to stay up-to-date on their progress.
If you’re interested in volunteering for the charity, get in touch with Becky Frost using this contact form. We’ve been doing this ourselves since 2013 and it’s such a worthwhile experience – you can read about it here if you’d like to know more.