Students’ Union Gaming Society Raises £11,000 for Good Causes in National Competition

31 July 2018

The University of Bradford Gaming Society (BUGS) hosted the annual National Student Roleplaying and Wargaming Championship (NSRWC) in conjunction with the Huddersfield Gaming Society (HUGS) in April 2018 after successfully winning the Championship in the previous year.

The annual Championship, which has been running since the 1980s, saw 500 students and University alumni from across the United Kingdom attend the three day event which included a series of table-top roleplaying and war gaming competitions, card and board games, and live action roleplaying. There was also entertainment put on for the attendees that included a pub quiz and the Dark Room live action event created by, and hosted by, John Robertson.

Through ticket prices, donations and in-game opportunities, BUGS raised over £11000 for two charities: Special Effect and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Special Effect use “technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control… to find a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities… By levelling the playing field, [Special Effect are] bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.”

Yorkshire Cancer Research helps people in and around Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

This year’s championship was won by Manchester’s Vague Vets, but will be hosted in Glasgow in 2019 as Manchester declined to host.

Charlie Appleyard, President of BUGS, said: "I'm so glad that we raised so much money for these two incredible causes in just three short days, and I'm very humbled that we were able to do it in the name of one of HUGS' long standing members, Bill, who sadly passed away last year from cancer. I'd like to thank all the organisers and volunteers for dedicating so much time to the event, the Bradford staff for all their help, and of course a special thanks to all the attendees for all their generous donations that allowed this event to be such a success. Hopefully Glasgow can beat our record next year!"

Ali Hilborne, Supporter Care at Special Effect, told us: “SpecialEffect enable severely disabled people to use computers in any way possible – using whichever part(s) of their body that work best - by adapting technology to their individual needs, making it possible to join in with family/friends rather than watching others have all the fun. We work with extraordinary people who in the most testing of circumstances, still display incredible courage and resilience, inspiring us to keep doing everything we can to enable them to get the most out of life.

“We couldn’t do it without the tremendous support we receive from fundraising events such as yours; an absolutely superb event that we were honoured to be chosen as joint beneficiaries. Thank you so much for such hard work and fantastic support, we are 
enormously grateful. Tom, a young lad we helped sums up the difference your fundraising will be helping to make: “I just want to thank you for giving me my life back”.”

Alex Green, Relationship Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to BUGS and everyone who took part in this year’s championship for supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research so generously. The money raised will help save lives in Yorkshire by funding vital research and community health projects throughout the region.”

The organisers of this year’s championship are now enjoying a well-deserved break following the many months of planning, and more recently, student exams, and are keen to enjoy next year’s NSRWC from the perspective of players.



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Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
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    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
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    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
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