A group of YouTube stars watched by millions have raised more than £80,000 for CLIC Sargent in memory of their friend Edd Gould.
Eddsworld, a British comedic flash animation channel, was created by Edd Gould in 2004. It currently consists of over 36 “EDD-isodes” on YouTube, as well as 150 comics and 10 flash games.
Edd’s friends Tom, Eddie and Matt also appear in the show. Eddsworld follows the brave adventures of Edd and his group of friends as they tackle zombies, demons, clones and everyday life.
In 2012, a cancer that Edd had already fought into remission returned and just a few months later he sadly lost his six year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
It was one of Edd’s final wishes that his friends continued the Eddsworld YouTube channel. To fund the show and keep it going, they decided to do an online fundraiser with all proceeds, including advertising and merchandise to go to their chosen charity, CLIC Sargent.
Edd's mum Sue Gould said: “Edd wanted his world to keep going, with him in it, because it would be like he was still alive.”
It was with this that the Eddsworld legacy continued, under the banner ‘save the show, save the world’.
CLIC Sargent supported Edd while he was staying at University College London Hospital and originally Sue and the Eddsworld team wanted their donations to fund entertainment on the ward where Edd had stayed.
As funding had already been allocated to this particular project, it was decided that the money would fund CLIC Sargent’s Play Specialists, who work to help children and young people prepare for and cope with treatment, by using different forms of technology, models, toys and photos to explain what will happen.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Verity Gallagher said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the Eddsworld team over the past seven months.
“In just four years, Eddsworld has raised an amazing £80,170 which could fund a CLIC Sargent Play specialist for up to two and a half years.
“On behalf of everyone at CLIC Sargent, I would like to say a huge thank you to those that kept Eddsworld going, for all the hard work and support.”