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Get gaming for families facing dementia

Grab your gaming headset and get ready to press start – let the gaming begin!

Livestream gaming events are a fun and easy way to raise vital funds so we can grow our dementia specialist Admiral Nurse services – all from the comfort of your own home. Your passion for gaming can help our nurses offer life-changing support to more families facing dementia.

How does it work?

To get started, simply set up your fundraising page so family and friends can sponsor you. If you’d like to stream your fundraiser on Twitch, you’ll be able to link your fundraising page to your Twitch account so people can donate while they watch (click here to find out how).

Choose your challenge

There are lots of ways that you can do a gaming fundraiser. Here are some suggestions:

  • Gaming marathon: challenge yourself to game non-stop for six, 12 or even 24 hours! (When planning a gaming marathon, please make sure to schedule breaks to walk around, eat and drink)
  • Speed runs: see how quickly you can complete a level or a whole game
  • Tournaments: set up a tournament with friends and family to see who is the gaming champion among your team
  • You decide: make up a challenge that is entirely your own. Why not complete your favourite game with a limited number of items in your inventory? Or challenge yourself to play a survival game without dying? The options are endless!

Once you have chosen your challenge, set a date and spread the word to family or friends so they can tune in and sponsor you.

Level up your fundraising

Raise the stakes by creating a list of whacky tasks to complete when you hit certain targets, such as dropping all the items in your inventory or reciting the alphabet backwards while playing. This is a great way to engage with people watching your steam and encourage more donations.

During your livestream, tell people why you’re fundraising for Dementia UK and how the money you raise will make a difference to families facing dementia.

Share the victory! Make sure you say thank you for every donation you receive, whether that is on your stream or on social media afterwards.

Dementia UK Volunteer Ambassador and Twitch Partner, Marco’s, top tips for a successful stream

Marco, Volunteer Amabassador for Dementia UK

“I’ve been streaming for over two years and have always believed I can make a huge difference by organising charity streams. I lost my father to dementia when I was 11 years old, so streaming for Dementia UK is the perfect opportunity to combine my gaming career with my passion for making a difference for other families affected by dementia.

Setting incentives based on targets or milestones is a great way to encourage people to make a donation. For example, you could wax your legs or dye your hair a different colour when you reach a certain milestone on your JustGiving page. The gaming community love a bit of humour and making things happen when certain goals are hit. Incentives can definitely go a long way, so be creative when planning your charity stream.

As a child, I didn’t know anything about dementia or what support was available to my family. Through my streaming and fundraising, I’m hoping I can make a difference so that children affected by dementia in the future don’t have to go through what I did.”

If you have any questions about gaming for Dementia UK please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call on 020 8036 5440 or email us at