A Glenrothes dad is set to take part in the country’s biggest 24 hour gaming marathon to raise funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.
Grant Edwards (35), is gearing up to button-bash his way through the fourth annual Sick Kids ‘Save Point’ event, which takes place between October 11 and 13.
Since it was founded, the event has raised more than £45,000 for the foundation.
The father-of-one decided to take part in the fundraising event after a friend’s nephew was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of two.
And now Grant is urging other game-mad fundraisers to remain stationary in front of their computer games consoles.
He told the Gazette: “My friend’s nephew, Jason, has been in and out of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children receiving treatment to help make him better.
“The staff and care he has received has been second to none and I really wanted to do something to say thanks to the foundation for their dedicated support to the hospital.
“I’m a keen gamer so this was the perfect challenge for me.
“Jason’s family have already been busy fundraising for the charity and his gran took part in the SKFF sky dive.
“It’s really great that SKFF put on such a variety of events each year to allow people from all walks of life to lend their support so if, like me, the skydive is too daunting, fundraisers can take on one of the tamer activities.
“I’ve had great support from my sponsors and their donations really mean a lot.”
Grant, who works as a foreman, plans to keep stocked up on energy drinks to make it through the long night ahead.
He added: “It’s actually my wife’s birthday on the day of the event, but she’s kindly agreed to let me off, so I’ll probably take her out afterwards with my daughter Holly once I’ve had time to catch up on some sleep.”
Event sponsor Rockstar North – creators of the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ series - is donating loads of exciting prizes to fundraisers, while those who raise more than £100 will automatically be entered into a prize draw.
Rachel McKenzie, head of community fundraising at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to have gamers like Grant on-board to support sick children throughout Scotland.
“Video game lovers should consider it the ultimate challenge – staying awake and continuing to play long into the night with their own fundraising target in mind.”