A group of dedicated gamers from Brighton-based travel tech business 15below recently completed a 24-hour Gameathon, raising almost £3,500 for mental health charity Mind.
The marathon gaming session took place at the company’s offices in Queens Road, starting at 6pm on Friday 28th September and finishing at the same time on Saturday 29th.
In total, 14 gamers from the 15below team in Brighton spent the day competing in a huge selection of their favourite video games, board games and card games.
15below initially took part in the Macmillan Game Changers initiative in 2016, before deciding to run its own annual 24-hour Gameathon in aid of its charity partner, Mind. The 2018 event was the company’s biggest and most successful Gameathon to date.
Allen Parish, Systems Engineer at 15below and one of the Gameathon organisers, says: “At the time of Game Changers, my father had just been diagnosed with cancer and I wanted to do something to support other people going through a difficult time.
“The success of Game Changers led to the creation of the 15below Gameathon – and with Mind chosen as our charity partner in 2017 due to the fantastic work it does in helping people with mental health issues, it was the perfect cause for all us 15below gamers to support.
“This year’s event was great fun, although many people don’t realise how demanding it can be not only to stay awake for 24 hours, but to concentrate on computer games, card games and board games for the duration. I am extremely proud of everyone who took part and very grateful to everybody who donated and helped us smash our £2,000 target.”
15below organises a programme of fundraising activities in support of Mind each year, including a recent bake sale to mark World Mental Health Day that raised almost £200.