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.
“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.”
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