Gamers battle on for 24 hours for charity

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A gamer in action © Cori Rimmer

A gamer in action © Cori Rimmer

A 24-hour gaming marathon brought enthusiasts together, all in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice.

The event, which was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport, began at 12pm yesterday and ended today, featuring a variety of games from the modern action genre to arcade classics.

Cori Rimmer, the organiser of the fundraiser, told JMU Journalism: “I want to raise money this way as the second I finish work or on a day off all I do is game. It’s been a hobby since I was a toddler and it’s what I do best.

“I decided to raise money for Claire House as I’ve done a few events for them in the past. It’s such a great charity – what they do for the children is just amazing and I wanted to do my part for them by doing my own fundraiser instead of joining in with others.”

Cori, who streamed the event live on his Facebook account, said he would be relying on caffeine and pizza to last the whole 24 hours. Papa John’s pizza sponsored the marathon, which Mr Rimmer described as “incredible and kind of them”.

Merseyside charity, Claire House, supports children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses and their families. They say they offer a “sanctuary for children, young people and their families, allowing them to forget about the daily routine and simply enjoy themselves”.

Ryan Darbyshire, a gamer who participated in the event, told JMU Journalism: “I know families who have used Claire House, and when Cori told me he intended to raise money for them I jumped at the opportunity as it’s such a worthy cause.”

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