I recently saw an advert on Instagram that got me thinking. It was an advert for a Dementia UK fundraiser called ‘Raise Your Game’. They are appealing for people to get together (either socially distanced, virtually, or within their household) and play games as a fundraiser to help them provide dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.
Within five minutes of reading about the amazing work Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses do, supporting and journeying with families affected by Dementia, I had made up my mind. I wanted to Raise My Game. The best way I could think of doing this was to take on a 24 hour Board Game Marathon. So I have chosen the 2nd/3rd October to hold the event.
I often joke that I am allergic to exercise. It gives me a shortness of breath, brings me out in a sweat and makes my skin go blotchy, that sounds like an allergic reaction to me! So those that know me will understand this is the only type of marathon I am likely to complete! It is still a challenge though and I will need your help…
I will be popping onto Instagram every hour of the event, to let you know what I’ve been playing and how I am getting on. A few of these will include interactive play-throughs of games. I have been lucky enough to have some amazing prizes donated by Big Potato Games, Zatu and Shot in the Dark to giveaway during the event. The competitions will be running in the lead up and I will announce more about these soon, but the winners will be drawn during these live play-throughs with bonus prizes on offer too! So please tune in and give me some moral support whenever you can throughout the 24 hours.
I will start my first game at 9am on Friday 2nd October and will not stop playing board games until the clock has past 9am on Saturday 3rd October (obviously finishing whatever game I am playing… especially if I am winning!
Finally, please consider donating via my Just Giving page. 2020 has been a tough year for us all, not least for all charities who have had their major fundraising events cancelled. So if you can make a donation of any size, it would quite simply be, really fantastic.
Oh, and perhaps you could ‘Raise Your Game’ this October too! Fundraising while playing board games sounds pretty darn cool to me!