Gaming for Charity with Blesma
If you are an online gamer looking to start gaming for charity, join us and get your Game on for Blesma. Gather your friends, family and colleagues together (or go it alone) and let’s get gaming. Every penny you raise through fundraising activities supports injured veterans.
How can you get involved?
- Sign up, decide on a Gaming challenge, then just pick a date and time to play. Spread the word and ask your friends, family and followers to sponsor – or join you. Set up your fundraising page and you'll be ready to go.
- Download our Game On for Blesma Victory pack to help smash your fundraising target!
- On your chosen date, start your gaming challenge and live stream the action through your twitch account, (or post updates on your social media).
- Join Blesma's Discord server, to meet your fellow Blesma Gamers, and share the plans for your event.
- You can choose how you game, or read below for ideas and inspiration… Whatever your plans, every penny you raise will support the work of Blesma, the limbless veterans.
Ideas and inspiration
If you play video games, Game on for Blesma will help you to start gaming for charity. Here’s how…
Gaming marathon – Select your console, select your game (or games!) and set a period of time for your gameathon. Top tip: Use a platform such as Twitch, YouTube or Facebook Gaming to livestream gaming for others to watch online. You can then ask that they make donations.
Gaming Tournament – Challenge your friends and family to take part in your gaming tournament. Ask others to donate to Blesma via your justgiving page, or get them to play along with you.
Mix it up – Mix up your gaming experience by setting a fundraising target with a pledge to complete a game themed dare once reached. For example, you could dress up as your favourite gaming character, play with the controller behind your back, or complete your favourite level backwards.
They Control – Stream your game on Twitch and ask your followers to control how you play. They could choose your weapons, set your difficulty, or even help you to learn some new tricks. For every challenge you complete, ask for a donation for Blesma. Top Tip: Link your fundraising donation page to your Twitch page with Tiltify to make it easier for people to donate.
Get some awesome Blesma merchandise
Taking part in Game on for Blesma will leave you with more than just sore thumbs! There are real life prizes to be unlocked by High Scoring gamers.
If you raise…
- £50, you will get your own Blesma branded wristband.
- £100, you will have earned a coveted Blesma mug.
- £150, you will have earned the right to wear the exclusive Game on for Blesma T-Shirt!
If you have any questions or would like further information about signing up to Game on for Blesma
- How do I get involved?
Simply fill out our registration form with your details, tell us about your idea, then you can open your fundraising page and get your Game on! You can make your Game on event whatever, and whenever you want it to be, so get creative.
When you register to take part, you will be asked if you wish to create a Charity Checkout page, or use Tiltify, a fundraising platform created with gamers in mind.
- I’m not sure how to get started?
Don’t worry if this is your first-time fundraising, Blesma will be there for you every step of the way, with tips, tricks, and a bank of resources and tools to help you get going. Don’t forget to shout about your challenge on Social media, and tag Blesma when you do – we may even share it on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Tag us: @Blesma #GameOnForBlesma #GameOn
- How can I share my game?
By streaming your game online using a platform such as Twitch, Mixer or Youtube, you can ask your followers and fans to donate as you play, and you can provide a link so they can go there directly.
- Can I really play whatever game I like?
Any game, any console, the choice really is yours. Whether it’s an old favourite or the newest game of the hour, make sure you choose a game you love.
If you have chosen a violent game or one that is rated 18+ you also need to make sure you mark your stream age appropriately on Twitch (or the streaming platform you are using). Similarly, if you will not be having a PG stream due to the language you use you will need to make sure this is clear.
- Can my children play?
Unfortunately, Game on for Blesma is only for adults. We have a whole host of ideas which are suitable for our future fundraisers however. Check them out here.
- Can I get my game on with my friends?
Why not? Have it your way. You could all create your own fundraising pages or work together towards one shared target.
- Is my personal information safe?
If you want to hear more on how Blesma holds your data, you can read more here.
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- What about Gift Aid?
Unfortunately, the tax claimed on Gift Aid donations does not form part of your fundraising total. However please do encourage your sponsors to tick the Gift Aid box if they are UK tax payers as this is an important source of additional income for Blesma.
- Still have more questions?
Don’t hesitate to contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call on 0208 548 7088
- Safety Tips
Gaming is great fun, but it is also important to look after yourself. Here are some safety tips for your Game on event:
- Take regular breaks – Make sure you get up, stretch, and walk around for at least five minutes every hour
- Stay hydrated – Continuous gaming is thirsty work. Make sure you always have a drink with you and take a drink during your breaks too.
- Eat well – We don’t want your stomach rumbling throughout, so make sure you have snacks with you! Get family & friends involved too, so that you can take it in turns to cook and have meals ready to eat during your breaks.
- Get moving – Keep that blood flowing during your gaming. Give your legs and toes a little wiggle and make sure you get to have a little walk during your breaks.
- Get comfy - It’s important to be positioned in a comfortable way, at least 20 inches away from the screen, and sat so that so that your neck can be relaxed and straight throughout your session.
- Sleep – Before and after your hours of gaming, get some well-earned rest. If you are falling asleep at the controller, it is time to switch off.
- Look after your eyes – Give your eyes a break away from the screen, at least for a few minutes every hour. You could even invest in some blue light glasses, to help prevent damage from the screen’s glare.
If you are not feeling well, stop the stream – even if you have committed to more hours. You can always pick up where you left off, but you must look after yourself first.
You should also be mindful that you do not feel compelled to keep playing over other activities, or at detriment to yourself. The World Health Organisation has recently recognised gaming disorder as a medical issue. Although not common in Europe, this is something to be mindful of. If you are concerned you can find more information and support Here .
If you have any questions or would like further information about signing up to Game on for Blesma, please call 0208 548 7088 Or email email@example.com