Are you game enough to help Rosemere Cancer Foundation raise money for its 20 Years Anniversary Appeal?
Members of Preston Gamers Guild are hosting a drop-in gaming marathon at the Royal British Legion Club in Leyland Road, Penwortham, from 10am to 10pm on Sunday February 25.
Entry is free, with a collection bucket and fund-raising raffle.
Co-founder of the guild, Aaron Leahy, who has received cancer treatment at the centre, said: “We are a group of some 40 men and women of all ages and from all backgrounds, who meet weekly to play board games.
“Gaming is currently going through a golden age. It’s huge. We are one of three or four gaming guilds or clubs in Preston alone. The city has three or four specialist game shops such as
Harlequins and Games Ink and more than 40,000 people in the UK attend gaming conventions annually. We are not talking about games like Monopoly or Cluedo but rather the new, non traditional board games that have evolved and are very similar to the most popular video games.”
In these board games, there are kingdoms to defend, cities to build, and quests to complete with players playing either individually or as part of a team. Besides specialist shops, WH Smiths and Waterstones also sell many of the most popular titles.
Aaron, 25, added: “The rules to most of the games are really simple – a lot simpler than say something like Monopoly. They are great fun for children and adults alike. Our members range in age from children to one lady in her late seventies, who began gaming with her grandson and now comes to our gaming sessions every week.”
At the gaming marathon, people can stay as long or as little as they like.
At a similar event held last year, the guild raised approximately £400 for mental health charity MIND but as a cancer survivor and former Rosemere Cancer Centre patient, Aaron wanted this year’s event to support the 20 Years Anniversary Appeal.
Preston Gamers Guild is also using its Facebook page, which has 340 followers, to help boost funds.
Members meet Tuesday evenings upstairs at The Adelphi pub in Fylde Street, Preston, from 7pm and always welcomes new members.