Charity Teenage Cancer Trust is calling for all gamers who love to stream and play online with others to get involved in its brand-new fundraiser, Stream and Support.
The charity is asking people to plan live streaming events this October – then during the events ask their friends and followers to make donations in real time through the Just Giving and Tiltify platforms.
The money raised by Stream and Support will fund Teenage Cancer Trust nurses and youth teams that support young people with cancer through their ordeal.
It will also help to fund Teenage Cancer Trust’s specially designed hospital units for young patients across the UK. These are constructed to feel more like a home than a hospital ward and include gaming facilities that help young people cope with the boredom of hospital stays and provide a distraction from cancer treatment.
Gamer and young person, Bobby,13, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in May 2021 and was supported by Teenage Cancer Trust, is calling for people to sign-up and get involved.
“When I was on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit, playing games with the other young people who were on the same ward was an icebreaker and naturally helped us to start conversations with each other. Playing games on the unit gave me a bit of normality and as my diagnosis was quite recent, chatting to other young people with cancer lessened some of my worries and helped boost my mood.”
“Teenage Cancer Trust’s brand-new streaming event for gamers who love to stream and play online with others is a great way for young people to feel connected to each other in their toughest times.
Playing games helped me immensely and it is through fundraising events like this that other young people will learn about how activity such as gaming can help you through a rough time.”
Miles Brain, FIFA YouTuber/Streamer and a former Teenage Cancer Trust patient said:
“Playing video games and streaming online is a really good way to make friends, learn new skills and to also help others who may be in need of some interaction.
“I am very much backing and supporting the new Stream & Support Fundraiser happening this October facilitated by the Teenage Cancer Trust as they were a charity that helped me so much when I had cancer. I was diagnosed with blood cancer, chronic myeloid leukaemia when I was just 14 and it was tough.
“I was on the specialised young person’s unit at Birmingham’s Children Hospital where I had the opportunity to play games and take my mind off my treatment by just being with other young people and getting immersed in fun activity.
“This helped me immensely and I’m so thankful I was placed on this unit during my month of treatment. If you want to take part this October for a great cause and continue to raise vital funds for these specialised young people’s hospital units to continue to exist, then please see below for how you could host your very own fundraising stream and raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.”
Find out more and register to take part at https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/stream-and-support
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