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Youth worker raises more than £1500 in an epic gaming marathon

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For most people two or three hours of gaming is plenty but for Isak Sandgren-Clarke; youth worker at The Door in Stonehouse, hour three was just the start.

Inspired by #GamingForGood Isak took on a mammoth 20 hours of live gaming to raise awareness for youth loneliness from 6 am on Saturday 6th March until 2 am the next morning. All in aid of The Door Youth Project.

Isak said: “It was hard work keeping an eye on the chat, the stream and the gaming. Not to mention staying awake! But it was worth it to be able to connect with young people we haven’t been able to see in person.

“Having local young people watching, playing along, and taking part in the event was a huge bonus and their enjoyment of it was amazing: one young person said it was the most fun they’ve had in months, and one parent saying how much they appreciated knowing that their young people were in a safe place for the day and occupied with positive role models meant so much to them.”

“I’m so grateful to everyone that supported this challenge, by tuning in, gaming and of course by donating. So far we’ve raised over £1500 which is incredible “

Fellow youth worker Willow, said: “The event was amazing, well done Isak! Not only was he live streaming his own gaming but he was also inviting young people and volunteers to join in too. To be able to do all of this, as well as the technical work and keep the stream so engaging for 20 whole hours was a real golden piece of youth work.

“He created such an exciting safe space online for young people to come together. This is so important right now due to social distancing and restrictions on youth clubs.

“Young people were queuing up before the 6 am start to join the stream and many made it all the way to 2 am. With over 400 individual views of the stream it’s clear there is a demand out there for this kind of 21st-century youthwork”

Inspired to do something for The Door? Find out more about this year’s #100KinMay challenge and walk, run or cycle 100km this spring or donate to Isak’s fundraiser at https://www.thedoor.org.uk Find Isak on Instagram @StonehouseDoor

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