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Josh’s 24-hour games marathon for charity

Josh Phelan from Horndean who organised a 24 video games marathon for charity.

Picture: Steve Reid (123613-340)

Josh Phelan from Horndean who organised a 24 video games marathon for charity. Picture: Steve Reid (123613-340)

Keen gamer Josh Phelan is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner because he led a team which played video games over 24 hours for a worthy cause.

Josh, of Portsmouth Road, Horndean, arranged for 16 of his friends to come over and play games on a computer and Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo consoles with him.

The 23-year-old set up the event to raise money for Child’s Play, an American charity which gives young people in hospitals around the world access to video games and other fun activities.

The team, which played games from 8am on November 2 until 8pm the next day, raised £450 through an entry fee and sponsorship from friends and family.

The event was extra special for Josh because he celebrated his 23rd birthday on the day the team finished.

Josh, who is training to be a teacher at the University of Chichester, says: ‘Playing games is something we enjoy so we thought about setting ourselves a challenge and doing it to raise money for a worthy cause.

‘It was tough and a lot of us got extremely tired and hit a wall at different times.

‘If that had happened to us all at once then I don’t think we would have been able to make it.

‘By 5.30am I felt awful and didn’t feel like I was thinking straight because I had been staring at a screen for so long.

He adds: ‘But it was a really great experience. It feels great that we have been able to make a difference to the lives of others.’

 

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