Posted on Monday 14 October 2019

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CLIC Sargent launches ‘Player vs Cancer’ so gamers can now raise funds and awareness

CLIC Sargent has today launched a new fundraising campaignPlayer vs Cancer, so gamers in the UK and around the world can now raise vital funds for the charity.  

From today, gamers can raise funds through Player vs Cancer, whether streaming online through platforms such as Twitch, or just playing at home with friends. All the funds will go to support CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. 

Online gaming and streaming have seen rapid growth in recent years and many of the young people we support as a charity have told us they feel gaming is an important source of support for them. That support can come through helping them to escape the ward or simply staying in contact with friends 

Connor’s Story  

After his first year at Portsmouth University studying Game Technology, Connor noticed he had a sore throat. The pain grew worse, so he went to the doctor. Initially, doctors thought it was tonsillitis and prescribed antibiotics, but Connor continued to feel unwell. He was referred to Derriford Hospital, where sadly doctors diagnosed him with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  

During, and after his treatment finished, Connor received support from CLIC Sargent but gaming also became a valuable source of support for him too. He joined a few gaming communities and took part in Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege tournaments, making friends from around the world.  

Connor says, “Meeting new people online was great because it gave me something to escape to. I wanted to feel normal. Everywhere else it was clear I was ill because I looked ill. The other gamers didn’t know anything about my cancer, and I didn’t have to talk or think about it. 

“I became a lot closer to my gaming friends when I got back to a normal life. Last year, I met them in person and eventually I told them about what I’d been through and they were wonderful about it. 

 

“My online friends now say they wish they’d known and wanted to help but them not knowing was actually a big help. They were supporting me without even knowing it.” 

 

To read more of Connor’s story, go here.

Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income and Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: “We are so excited to launch ‘Player vs Cancer,’ many of the young people we support tell us gaming gives them a place to escape and it helps them to connect with their friends, which is so important.  

Player vs Cancer is gaming for good, all the money raised will help us to continue supporting children and young people like Connor. It will also raise vital awareness, helping us to reach more young people who may not have heard of us before. We hope this inspires people around the world join the fight for young lives against cancer, by doing something they love – gaming.”  

For more information about Player vs Cancer or to get involved click here. 

Notes to editors

For more information about CLIC Sargent, an interview or images, please contact Jack Wilson on  0208 752 2833 or jack.wilson@clicsargent.org.uk. Out of hours contact 08448 481189.

 About cancer in children and young people

Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

 About CLIC Sargent

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

 Note to sub editors

Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.

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