A DEVOTED gamer is set to take on a ‘marathon’ challenge with a difference to raise money for a leading children’s charity.
Mags Donaldson, 35, will join hundreds of other gamers for Save Point, a 24-hour gaming event aimed at raising funds for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC).
Mags, whose day job is a Technical Writer at video game company Rockstar North, rose up to the challenge of completing Save Point in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since.
And she says she is now looking forward to loading up for the sixth year in a row, adding: “I’d wanted to fundraise for a good cause for a while before completing Save Point for the first time.”
“I’ve thought to myself, well, I’m definitely not going to run a real marathon, so I started looking into alternatives and came by Save Point. I’ve been an avid gamer basically my whole life so it was the perfect solution.”
She continued: “I get to spend a whole day playing my favourite games while making a real difference.”
Mags knows ECHC as she lived near the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, while her older brother was treated at the hospital many years ago.
When her niece suffered from a bad concussion a few years ago, she was also admitted to the Sick Kids, where charity works to transform the experiences of young people in hospital.
Mags added: “The difference that ECHC makes to the children at the hospital as well as their parents and carers can’t be missed. They’re a very important local charity. Not only do they provide cutting edge, medical resources, but the way they treat and look after kids to make their stay at the hospital as pleasant as possible is really admirable.”
One of Mag’s biggest fundraising achievements was hitting the £1000 mark while gaming for 40 hours straight. For each £20 donation, she promised to add an hour to her total time.
This year, she has raised nearly £500 so far and believes more people should get involved with the challenge.
Mags added: “It’s an intense experience, but it’s so much fun and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.”
“Seeing how much the marathon and all of its participants have raised over the years is really fulfilling. Little by little, we’re making things better for all these kids and their families.”