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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Thursday September 4 th: During the initial phase of the GamesAid voting process this year we discovered a bug in the voting mechanism which allowed guests to log in and vote as if they were registered members. This led to a suspension in the voting process, which will now re-open on Thursday 4 th September at midday.

GamesAid would like to thank all supporters for both their interest in this year’s charity voting process and their patience while we’ve worked through the technical issues.

To ensure fairness, transparency and accountability, voting has been completely reset and anyone who voted in the original poll is now invited to vote again.

To vote for your charity we now simply ask that you send an email to the following address:


Please ensure that you include:

·         Your name

·         Your GamesAid user name

·         The email address you registered with

·         The name of the charity you’re voting for from those listed below

GamesAid are asking for people to begin mailing only after 12 noon on Thursday 4th September, as votes received before cannot be counted. Voting will last for one week and close at 12 noon on Thursday 11th September (votes after will not be counted).

Here is more information about the nominated charities – please select only one when you vote: 


Accuro supports children / adults with a disability and their families with a wide range of services from shared carers, family Support Workers along with Holiday Schemes, Youth Groups, Saturday Play Club and Adult Schemes. Accuro also offers support from the birth of a child through Parenting Support with home visits to provide advice as how to access local services.

For more information please check

Action For Kids

Action For Kids is a national charity working closely with families of disabled children and young people to help them deal with the barriers to independence by funding specialist equipment, offering family support and providing a wide range of education and training options and access to work programmes.

For more information please check

The Honeypot Children’s Charity

Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young carers aged 5-12 years by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support. They give young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provide a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential.

For more information please the web site at

Jigsaw 4u

Jigsaw is a charity working to support children and young people through the trauma, loss and bereavement. It brings together children and young people who feel alone and different, so that by sharing their experiences they can develop the tools to move forward with their lives.

For more information please check


Lifelites installs and maintains packages of the very latest fun and educational technology for the 7,100 severely disabled and terminally ill children who stay, play and learn in all 44 of the children’s hospices in the UK. Gaming is central to the Lifelites package. The lives of children in the hospices are often dictated by strict medication regimes and their disabilities – playing games helps them escape from all that.

For more information please check

MAPS (Mentoring and Advocacy and Peer Support)

MAPS is a specialist mentoring programme, which provides every young person referred with a long-term, one-to-one mentor who is carefully selected support the young person for 12 months. Working with South London’s most vulnerable young people. MAPS expertly places people who listen with young people who need to be heard.

For more information please check

MyAware the Myasthenia Gravis Association

The Myasthenia Gravis Association supports people with myasthenia, a rare condition causing muscle weakness. My Aware supports sufferers, their families and looks to increase public and medical awareness of the condition and raises funds for research and support staff.

For more information visit the web site

Safe @ Last

SAFE at LAST provides a range of services to support young people who are at risk through running away and, as a result, are at risk of becoming involved in dangerous lifestyles choices such as taking drugs, abusing alcohol, sleeping rough, having unsafe sex, missing school and much more. For more information please visit

Special Effect

Special Effect is the only UK based charity dedicated to helping ALL people with disabilities enjoy video games. From injured soldiers to young disabled people who can’t play any other way. Special Effect is changing the way the whole world plays through collaboration with developers and the acclaimed online information service, the Gamebase.

For more information please check

GamesAid, the only fully democratic charity in the videogames industry: all GamesAid Members have the right to vote, including brand new members who can sign up today! JOIN GAMES AID or if you are an existing member log in here:

To become a GamesAid member you need only be a member of the games industry to register and qualify. 

The process of putting charities forward to the voting stage is taken extremely seriously and a process of due diligence has taken place between August 18th and September 1st . All the charities put forward for voting have passed this due diligence process.

About GamesAid

GamesAid is a UK based video games charity (Registered UK Charity # 1081706) which supports a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people. As the only fully democratic charity in the games space, members of the games industry propose and vote for the charities of their choice annually. Funds are predominantly used to support children’s charities in the UK, with limited application for overseas causes; for education, health, housing and social welfare.

For more information about what GamesAid’s support can bring to the charities check out this video:


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