A charity gaming pancake day event, the ‘Pancake Day Special’, will raise money for two charities on Tuesday February 13th 2024.
It will take place at the Platform Shoreditch gaming bar in London from 6pm to 10pm GMT, presented by AOC and MMD, brand license partner for Philips monitors, under the patronage of TPV-Cares – the social and environmental impact initiative by display manufacturer TPV (which both are subsidiaries of).
There will be a pay-to-play Mario Kart tournament (hosted and organised by Aston ‘Kieswetter10’ Hollingsworth), raffles and, of course, pancake making (and eating).
Gaming monitors will also be up for grabs for entrants/donators to win on the night.
As well as being an on-site event, the gaming Pancake Day Special will be extended online. There will be Twitter competitions, interviews and pre-event and post-event coverage on partnering media platforms, including from yours truly, Esports News UK.
The event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for two charities from the UK: TheRockinR and SpecialEffect. Both charities are committed to using video games to positively impact the lives of physically disabled gamers, as well as children and young people in long term hospital care.
With a team of occupational therapists and gaming specialists, SpecialEffect uses solutions like modified controllers and eye-tracking sensors to allow more people to play.
And TheRockinR, established in 2018 in memory of Reece Miree, is a British charity that provides interactive Medical Gaming Carts to sick children and young people in hospitals across the UK and Ireland.
According to the “Accessibility in Gaming Report” by Scope (2020), 60% of gamers with impairments face barriers in gaming, and 40% have purchased games they couldn’t play due to accessibility issues. This event aims to shed light on these challenges and promote more inclusive gaming experiences.
“AOC, and MMD have been supporting both TheRockinR and SpecialEffect for several years. We are extremely excited to be able to host this event together with TPV-Cares and are hoping to raise a sizeable amount for them. To us this is more than just a gathering; it’s a movement. Let’s come together to game, enjoy pancakes, and make a lasting difference!” said Paul Butler, Regional Sales Director – UK & Ireland, MMD Monitors & Displays B.V.
“If you’re unable to join us physically, you can still get involved and make a donation to these great causes via JustGiving.”
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.