Game-a-thon frequently asked questions
Check out frequently asked questions about holding a Game-a-thon.
This event is all about supporting young people with cancer through gaming and streaming. We’re asking people to game and stream to raise money to support young people with cancer for World Mental Health Day, on the 10th October, or whenever works for you.
You pick what you play and how long you want to game and steam for!
“Take it from me, facing cancer at such a young age can feel like the loneliest place in the world - but it doesn’t have to be that way”. - Aidan
Set your stream date to October 10th for World Mental Health Day, or pick a different date for your challenge - whenever works for you!
Set up your live stream via your chosen streaming platform and embed your fundraising page
Raise the hype and promote your fundraiser to your online community, friends and family.
You can choose one of our timed-stream challenges or choose a challenge that suits you.
Stream for 7 hours for the 7 young people like me who are diagnosed with cancer every day.
Stream for 10 hours for World Mental Health Day on 10th October
Split 28 hours with your stream team for the 28 hospital units that have been designed to feel like home for young people.
This is your challenge and you can adapt it however you like. The most important thing is to stay safe, stay healthy and have fun while you do it.
We encourage you to take as many breaks as you need. For more advice check out our tips for an enjoyable and safe challenge.
No you don’t have to! Please feel free to organise a gaming fundraiser in whichever way works for you.
Whether you’re a casual PC gamer, Switch gamer, a board game player or anything in between - you can still play games for good! Gaming brings people together and when you’re a teenager going through cancer – gaming can mean so much more!
You don’t need to stream to get involved - get together with your mates to see how many board games you can get through in 24 hours, or choose your own challenge.
Under 18s need to be under direct supervision of an adult to take part.
No you don’t have to if it doesn’t work with your schedule. Please pick any time and day that suits you.
No, we encourage you to look after yourself while streaming and take regular breaks. If you want to split up your stream across a few days or a week, please do so. Lots of people do this already! For more advice check out our tips for an enjoyable and safe challenge.
By setting up a fundraising page on Tiltify! Create some content to drum up some hype with your friends and followers. Ask them to join us or support us – you could even start a charity stream team!
Let your community know why Teenage Cancer Trust needs you - you’re raising money to help support every young person going through cancer.
You can also embed it into your live stream when the time comes.
Download our free fundraising documents and assets to help get you started.
Just enter the amount and event you’re paying into and make a secure payment.
Please send us your sponsorship forms and cheque made payable to Teenage Cancer Trust to:
Teenage Cancer Trust
175 High Holborn
Call 020 7612 0370 between 9.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday to speak to someone in our team who can take donations over the phone. You should then write the amount paid, date paid and your reference number on the sponsorship form, and send to the address listed above.
Please email [email protected] for information about how you can transfer funds to us.
It’s important to stay safe and feel comfortable while you are online. Here are some resources to make sure you read before your stream:
- Check Point is a charity that provides mental health resources for gamers and the gaming community.
- National Cyber Alliance has great advice.
- NSPCC have advice for how children can stay safe online. (Anyone under 18 years old will need to take part under the supervision of an adult.)
- BBC have some top tips.
Getting in touch
How do I get in touch with Teenage Cancer Trust?
If you have any questions, feedback, or comments, we’d love to hear from you. You can email [email protected].
If you’re worried about cancer
Whatever you’re going through right now, you’re not alone. Whether you have cancer, you’re worried about cancer or someone you know has been given a cancer diagnosis, visit our website for support.
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