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12 hour ‘Gameathon’ in aid of Sunderland Alzheimer’s Society

ByDave Stopher

Jun 19, 2018

Harry’s Game Shack, the biggest gaming venue in the North East, is hosting a 12 hour charity gameathon later this month to raise money and awareness for Sunderland Alzheimer’s Society. 

Found above Geeky’s in Sunderland City Centre, the gameathon at Harry’s Game Shack will take place on Saturday 23rd June, with participants gaming solidly from 8pm until 8am the following morning, all in aid of Sunderland Alzheimer’s Society.

Alzheimer’s Society, provides information and support to people with dementia, their families and carers. Services that they provide in Sunderland are a Dementia Support Worker, Peer Support groups, Carers’ meetings, Dementia Cafes, Befriending Service, Singing for the Brain and a Day Support Centre.

Rob Davison, Owner of Geeky’s and Harry’s Game Shack said:

“We are very aware of the difficulties of living with dementia, and this is a cause very dear to my heart. My mother has Alzheimer’s, and I know how hard it can be seeing a loved one go through this debilitating disease, and the difficulty in getting help to look after them. Sunderland Alzheimer’s Society has done so much to help my mother and so many other families with the services they provide.

“I’ve previously done numerous sponsored runs to raise money for them myself, and we’re confident that this Gameathon will be another brilliant way to raise money and awareness of Sunderland Alzheimer’s Society and all the amazing work that they do.” 

Entry to the gameathon was £10 per person, and is already fully booked. All entry fees will go to Sunderland Alzheimer’s Society.  Each person taking part has also been given a sponsor form to collect their own sponsorship money.

Harry Knott, Manager at Harry’s Game Shack said:

“It’s been amazing to see the support we’ve had so far – we were fully booked out for the charity gameathon within days! I’ve taken part in a couple gameathons myself and I know how difficult and mentally exerting it can be to complete. It will be a great achievement once everyone finishes it, and all for a very good cause.”


Harry’s Game Shack is hoping that each participant will manage to raise a minimum of £50 each with their sponsorship forms. If everyone achieves that, combined with the entry costs, they will have raised at least £1320.

Harry Knott added:

“One participant has already raised £150 in sponsors, with others having returned to come in to get more forms. As a result  we’re optimistic that we could raise over £2000!”

Despite the gameathon being fully booked, Harry’s Game Shack has said that if the people of Sunderland would like to help out in raising money for Sunderland’s Alzheimer’s Society, they urge them do so by sponsoring anyone they know taking part in the gameathon, or they can pop into Geeky’s or Harry’s Game Shack to make a donation in their charity bucket.

To find out more about more about Alzheimer’s Society visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

To find out more about Harry’s Game Shack visit: http://www.harrysgameshack.co.uk/.

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