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24-hour gaming marathon to raise funds for SKFF

24-hour gaming marathon to raise funds for SKFF

A 24-hour gaming marathon is taking place in October, to raise funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

Sick Kids Save Point is organised by gamer Tom Freeman on behalf of the charity, and is now in its seventh year. So far it has raised £94,000 for the SKFF, and this year takes place the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October.

Participants can take part on a console, computer, mobile phone, on social media or by playing board games, and can do so as part of a team or on their own. Entry is free, and participants are asked to tweet updates using the hashtag #sksp on Twitter during the marathon.

All funds raised from the event will go towards supporting Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children’s move to a new, purpose-built home at Little France in 2017, for which the SKFF has committed to contribute £2.9million in enhancements, patient and family services, and therapies.

Freeman said:

“The whole thing started in 2009. My daughter was just a baby and I wasn’t getting much sleep anyway, so the idea of playing games for 24 hours seemed like a novel fundraising idea for a vital local charity. I had no idea it would snowball into an annual event which has seen hundreds of people take part from around the world.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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