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Framework Powers Up New Gaming Fundraising Campaign to Help Fight Homelessness

3 August 22 words: LeftLion

Fancy topping off some aliens, growing your own virtual utopia, or maybe sitting down for a game of Magic: The Gathering with your mates, but want to raise money to help fight homelessness at the same time? Local charity Framework have just the answer you're looking for. Introducing their new gaming-oriented campaign, Power Up

Nottingham-based charity Framework is inviting gamers of all kinds to take part in its new gaming challenge Power Up – raising funds to help end homelessness. 

Launching this Saturday 6 August to coincide with the finals of the first-ever Commonwealth Esports Championships taking place in Birmingham, Power Up aims to raise £10,000 in the current financial year to support Framework’s services tackling homelessness across the East Midlands.

For those new to the world of esports (or electronic sports), it is the performance of competitive gaming - for fun between friends or between professionals and Confetti’s flagship Confetti X e-sports venue, is a purpose-built space for top quality esports productions… 

The Power Up challenge is designed to be flexible, involving gaming of all kinds and gamers choosing how they take part and who they take part with; all the while being able to raise funds in their own time. The possibilities are endless!

Introducing Power Up, Framework’s Head of Fundraising and Communications Claire Eden said: “Power Up is aimed at anyone who enjoys gaming at whatever level and wants to support a good cause while they enjoy themselves.   

“It could involve playing Minecraft, Animal Crossing or Grand Theft Auto at home or globally via a live streaming platform.  Alternatively it could involve a board game challenge played face-to-face with family and friends – either at home or in a favourite board game café.”

With the number of board game cafes growing rapidly here in the heart of Nottingham, including the likes of Ludorati Cafe and The Dice Cup, there’s plenty of opportunity for you to get involved whether you like your games online, or old school.

“As the pressure of the cost of living crisis increases, the need to support our work has never been greater. Homelessness, mental health and other issues are of concern to the public and we want to make it as simple as possible for people to support our work.”

Word about Power Up is already creating excitement in the gaming community, not least with mother and daughter Doralena and Carolina Giraldo, who have already signed up – proving that gaming is for people of all ages.

Self-confessed gaming nerd Carolina (30) turned her mother into a gamer when taking part in an earlier gaming fundraiser organised by Framework and they are both looking forward to Power Up.

Carolina, from Nottingham, said: “It’s great to hear that Framework are giving gamers an opportunity to do gaming for good. I spend many hours a week in online gaming and can see lots of ways to raise funds doing something I love. I’ll be talking to my friends and gaming contacts to see how we can collaborate to take part in Power Up and support this great cause.”

Her mother Doralena, from Long Eaton, Derbyshire, who has previously been helped by Framework, said: “I really enjoy gaming for good because it allows me to learn a new skill and support Framework while also spending time with my children and being a kid again.”

The Power Up challenge is free to take part in and an easy way for the thousands of people who enjoy gaming to put the fun into fundraising. It can be accessed via a dedicated fundraising platform at www.frameworkha.org/Powerup which offers guidance on how to turn gaming into funds.  

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