I am taking on the Macmillan Game Heroes Challenge

In the memory of my Grandad, I’m going to be a Game Hero - doing some fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support and streaming for 24 hours straight.

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Cancer has affected my family, my friends, and it’s probably affected you/your family in some way as well. That is why Macmillan is so important to me - taking part in five years-worth of fundraising activities up until this point.

Up until this point, I’ve done the common charity activities like cake sales, bag packing and the occasional run or two. But I’ve never set something up on my own and done something that is relevant to me.

That’s why I love the idea of being a Game Hero. A pure 24-hour marathon through some of my favourite games on Saturday 16th November - starting at midday GMT.

So what games am I going to be playing? Multiplayer slogs are definitely not my thing, so I’ve curated a list of four of the best single player experiences out there, to take me through this time.

  1. Marvel Spider-Man

  2. Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Season 1

  3. The Last of us

  4. Uncharted 4

Of course, these are some of *my* favourite single player experiences. While they are some of the best, I don’t make this list, ignorant of the likes of God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Zelda and so many more. This is simply a curated selection of experiences I’d like to play and share with you all.

The fundraising target? £250. This could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a day. It’s small when you think about the grand scheme of things - nearly 900,000 nurses helping 1.9 million people. But as Aunt May says in the above game, “when you help someone, you help everyone.”

Plus, like that feeling of opening and reading a book you love, it’s been a while since I’ve settled down with a good game. I’m looking forward to it. I hope you’re looking forward to it and if you believe in this charity’s mission, please donate.

Your money does so much more to help than you could possibly imagine.

I do this in memory of my Grandad

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I miss him every day. The moment you lose someone to cancer is a memory that stays with you for life.

It was towards the end of the year 2000, and after one hell of a fight, it was inevitable. We spent the night at the local hospice - I played pool with my Dad and we stayed up watching Robo Cop on the TV. It was awesome. A real bonding moment between me and the big guy.

As the clock ticked past midnight, credits rolled and it was time to sleep. Well, at least get as much sleep as is humanly possible on the rock hard sofas of the hospice.

Turns out it was my Grandad’s turn to sleep also, as I woke up to hear he had passed away. I felt empty - like a piece of me had been taken away in an instant, and this is just a snippet of what an entire family goes through. 

Then you’ve got what the person with cancer goes through too, and you feel awful for feeling a physical manifestation of your heartbreaking mental pain because of what that person goes through.

Support for all who are touched by cancer at all stages is critical, and that’s why I do this.