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Inclusion through technology

SpecialEffect, charity, video games

Technology has opened up a world of fun but sadly, many individuals with disabilities are unable to fully participate. That’s why I support SpecialEffect’s mission to level the playing field for everyone.

The charity aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities through the innovative use of technology. At the core of their mission is their work to optimise inclusion, enjoyment and quality of life by helping individuals control video games to the best of their abilities.

This mission extends far beyond gaming. The StarGaze service brings communication, independence and hope to people in intensive care units with a severe injury or illness; and telepresence robots help medically-isolated children with their education and friendships. SpecialEffect is committed to making life better for those who need it, as long as possible and free of charge.

I’ve been a volunteer for the charity since meeting the team at an expo in 2013, helping on their stand at events across the UK and hosting presentations on their work. My husband and I also take part in the annual GameBlast marathon every February. There’s a whole range of events that everyone is welcome to get involved in, and you can find out what we’re currently working on below.

Next event: Pixels to Pavements

We’re thrilled to announce our participation in two different types of marathon in 2024, all in support of SpecialEffect’s aim to level the playing field for everyone.

Part 1:  GameBlast24 on Saturday, 24 February 2024

Pete and I are kicking things off with our annual participation in the GameBlast event. Despite joking about being too old for 24-hour streams nowadays, it feels entirely appropriate for GameBlast24! Get ready for a day filled with video games and Pete’s singing, along with the obligatory Kit Kats and coffee. Together, we’ll raise funds and awareness for SpecialEffect with a dose of laughter. Schedule details will be shared early in the year.

Part 2:  London Marathon on Sunday, 21 April 2024

While Pete enjoys some well-deserved chill time on the sofa, I’ll be lacing up my trainers to tackle the London Marathon. This event has been a long-standing item on my bucket list so having the chance to do it for a cause which holds a special place in my heart is amazing. For 26.2 miles, I’ll be pounding the city’s pavements and aiming to reflect the resilience and determination shown by the individuals supported by the charity.

Donations made via our JustGiving page will help the charity continue providing expertise, assessments, equipment and lifelong support that bring joy, self-confidence and independence into hundreds of lives. Your contribution means the world to us, and we kindly ask you to consider donating and sharing with your network.

Regular updates will be posted on both the JustGiving page and the blog so check back regularly for photographs and news. And who knows, with a little luck, we might convince Pete to don that Pikachu costume again…

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