Students at the University of Southampton held a 12-hour gaming stream on Twitch over the weekend to raise money for Solent Mind.
University’s Mind Society works with Solent Mind and aims to raise awareness for mental health for young people.
Gamers had a one hour session of a variety 12 games throughout the event, including games such as Bob Ross, Minecraft and NBA 2K21.
The event, organised by the university’s The Edge, Gaming and Mind societies, started at noon on Saturday and finished at midnight.
The students met their halfway donation target after the fundraiser was live for just four hours.
A member of the Mind Society, Viktoria Venkatess, told Winol: We’re really proud that we managed to run this fundraiser and raise so much money for Solent Mind, especially now when so many people are struggling with their mental health.”
She added: “It’s been a tough year so far for MindSoc as we’re quite limited in fundraising options. It was amazing to see how generous people were with their donations and supporting the streamers.”
Due to current restrictions, a lot of fundraising has not been able to go ahead, so it was relieving for students to be able to take part in a virtual fundraiser.
Throughout the 12 hours, the societies managed to raise over £700 – with the donation total now over £850 even after the event has finished.
Member of the Gaming Society, Morgan McMillan concluded: “The event was a great laugh, it was epic to know that spending an hour doing something I enjoy doing (gaming) can actually be put to good use and raise money for charity.”