Teenagers raise money for charity with marathon Minecraft session

A group of friends have raised more than £500 for charity but taking part in a 24-hour gaming session.

Ten teenagers, who all attend Richmond School, started playing Minecraft on Wednesday morning, with eight of the group managing to last until 11am yesterday.

The challenge raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support, which asked supporters to be ‘game hero’ to raise funds after losing income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Richmondshire fundraisers, known as the Richmond Clowns, were led by Tom Millar, 16, from Dalton-on-Tees.

He said: “We’d been reading how much charities had been affected by the virus and we decided it would be a nice thing to do to help — we also didn’t have much on at the moment!

“Minecraft was a game we’d all played for years. It was challenging to keep playing for 24 hours and it was hard especially the last couple of hours.

“We’re teenagers though and have experience of unusual sleep patterns.”

Tom had pledged to shave his hair off if they met the target of £500 and he’s now trying to source clippers.

For those interested, the teenagers played in survival mode — Tom said they spent much of their time collecting resources.

You can still sponsor the group by click here. [kofi]