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UKIE's London Games Festival Art Exhibition

Event raises over œ30,000 for gaming charity "SpecialEffect".

Tuesday, 18th December 2012 London Games Festival organiser UKIE has revealed that its games industry art exhibition has raised a whopping £30,050.31 for charity SpecialEffect.

The exhibition marked the finale of London Games Festival, with rare and exclusive pieces donated from across the games industry displayed for free at City Hall during the last week of October. The entire collection was then auctioned off over four weeks – with every single penny going directly to SpecialEffect, a unique charity doing whatever it takes to help everyone with disabilities to have a better quality of life through games, art and technology.

“SpecialEffect is a charity which is very close to the games industry’s heart, so to raise such a significant amount is just tremendous,” says Kirsty Payne, event director, London Games Festival.

“This figure is our most successful fundraising event to date – and I sincerely want to thank everyone who helped make it happen. We really will make it a very happy Christmas for those that this excellent charity helps and talks are already underway about next year’s games art exhibition!”

"Huge thanks and congratulations to Kirsty Payne and her team,” adds Dr Mick Donegan,  CEO, SpecialEffect. “The amount of money raised for SpecialEffect by their Games Art auction has exceeded our expectations by a long, long way and, to be honest, we're still in shock.  However, what we are absolutely clear about is how it is being spent - on urgently needed specialist staff and more specialised technology to help transform the quality of life of even more severely disabled people even more quickly. It will be a real game changer in terms of SpecialEffect's impact throughout the new year."