Here at 1001Up we believe that gaming isn’t only enjoyable: it can also be beneficial. This forms part of our philosophy and supporting certain charities is our way of giving something back and helping improve the lives of gamers across the country.
We therefore support SpecialEffect, a worthy UK-based charity dedicated to putting fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games, through both fundraising efforts and volunteering. We also back Get-Well Gamers UK, a valuable organisation that aims to bring electronic entertainment to hospitals in the form of games, by donating physical copies given to the team and encouraging our readers to do the same.
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SpecialEffect use technology to enhance the quality of life of people with all kinds of needs, including stroke and road traffic accident patients, individuals with life-limiting conditions and injured soldiers returning from overseas. Their mission is to enable anyone, whatever their physical disability, to enjoy video games and leisure technology. But they’re not just doing it for the sake of fun: by giving people the means to participate, they’re kick-starting rehabilitation, self-esteem and – most importantly – inclusion.
Get-Well Gamers UK
Get-Well Gamers UK is a charity dedicated to bringing electronic entertainment to children’s hospitals for the benefit of entertainment and pain relief. They admire the fantastic work that play specialists and services do in helping children stay positive through their treatment and recovery, and want to support them by bringing them video games. They accept all games, consoles, accessories, laptops and tablet devices in a working and safe condition, and all donated goods will end up in hospitals.
Our team has participated in a number of fundraising and volunteering events for SpecialEffect including participation in their annual Gameblast events and covering their stand at expos. We also make a point of donating software and hardware to Get-Well Gamers UK whenever possible, to help them continue their work in hospitals throughout the country.