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Insomnia65 | The UK's Biggest Gaming Festival

Charities

Not only do we get to spend 8 days a year having fun but we can also support some amazing causes doing it! We are privileged to work alongside these great charities and raise as much money as possible for some worthy causes.

together we raised £9,607 at Insomnia64!

Special effect

Beating disability to play video games

Special Effect put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, they’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities. But they’re not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, they’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

At Insomnia, not only do all the proceeds of the World Famous Pub Quiz go to Special Effect, of which we raised a staggering £5187 at i64! But they will also be present in the Expo hall for you to talk to about how you can help make a difference and make sure absolutely everyone can enjoy and be included what we’re all here to do: Game.

Guide Dogs

Our ambition is for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full.

The guide dog service provides a blind or partially sighted person with a guide dog. These dogs are born in the home of a volunteer brood female dog holder and then move to the home of a volunteer puppy walker when six weeks old. After 12 to 14 months the dogs will move to a specialist trainer, where they train for around 26 weeks to gain skills. This includes three to five weeks of intensive work with their new owner. Every person and dog is unique, so matching a guide dog to an owner is a complex process and trainers have to take into account all a person’s needs, including their walking speed, height, and lifestyle. Guide Dogs are committed to supporting the partnership and to the guide dog owner for as long as needed. A guide dog user could have up to eight dogs during their lifetime. After between six and seven years’ service, a guide dog is retired and re-homed.

Every year at Insomnia, we raise money to fund the training of a brand new puppy and even get to pick a name! The Insomnia64 winning name is…

Winston!

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