Students level up for local charity

STUDENTS at Hartlepool College of Further Education raised a record-breaking £1100 for local charity Changing Futures North East after hosting its latest gaming extravaganza.

GameCon, now in its fourth year, has raised over £3000 since its first event and is ran and organised primarily by the students at the college. The event is open to the public and offers gamers of all ages the opportunity to play both modern and retro games consoles across three days along with gaming challenges, virtual reality and a live Twitch feed.

Mark Lee, Head of Student Recruitment and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Hartlepool College of Further Education who oversees GameCon, said: “This year at GameCon was genuinely next level. We raised over a £1K for Changing Futures and had the biggest turnout ever. To think we had 1200 people through the doors over three days, is amazing.

“I’d like to say a big thanks to everybody who attended and also all the current and former students who tirelessly work to plan and execute the event.

“The great thing is that people are already excited for next year and we’re looking at what we can offer to make it even bigger and better. The students really can’t wait to get stuck in.”

The money each year goes to Changing Futures North East, a family mediation charity based in Hartlepool that specialises in the support and mentoring of families and young people across Hartlepool.

James Grayson, Business Support Worker at Changing Futures North East, said: “This was the fourth GameCon in aid of Changing Futures North East. It’s amazing that we were able to raise so much this year. The money raised goes towards helping families and young people particularly who need a bit of extra help with issues they may have in their lives.

“The money will also go towards practical running costs for the many support groups we host. Things such as transport and resources which are so necessary but not always what people donate money for.

“With regards to what GameCon does for the charity apart from the money donations, it really gives us a massive boost in terms of promotion and public awareness of what we do, who we are and what we offer to the community.

“We’re a small charity and even though Hartlepool is a small town it can be quite difficult to get our name out there so GameCon helps us spread our message far and wide and it’s been great to see so many familiar faces and lots of new faces supporting the event. We really can’t wait for next year.”

Mark, concluded: “The best thing about GameCon is the funds we’ve raised for Changing Futures over the years. A fantastic effort by all involved and something that we can’t wait to emulate next year. Thank you to everyone that attended GameCon this year. “