A South Yorkshire homeless charity is calling on members of the video games industry to vote for it to receive a cash boost.
Dinnington-based Safe@Last is up against eight other charities to receive funding from GamesAid, which gives money to a range of children’s and young’s people’s organisations.
The charity, which helps youngsters at risk of running away, was nominated by Gravity Recruitment, a Doncaster-based games recruitment agency.
Members of GamesAid are now urged to vote for Safe@Last to win a share of the funding. The top five organisations will receive money.
James Squires, managing director at Gravity Recruitment, said: “We have supported Safe@Last for several years and we’re delighted to be able to nominate the charity to receive funding from GamesAid.
“Safe@Last is a fantastic charity dedicated to supporting vulnerable young runaways in South Yorkshire.
“It makes a real difference to children’s lives every day and, as a local charity supporting local children, we were eager to help. We hope others in the games industry will vote for it too.”
Clare Sherratt, head of funding at Safe@Last, said the money would be invaluable in ensuring its services can continue.
She added: “Young runaways are very vulnerable when away from home and are at risk of becoming involved in dangerous lifestyles choices such as taking drugs, abusing alcohol, sleeping rough, having unsafe sex, missing school and much more.
“The support we offer helps to keep young people safe by providing someone to talk to and to help them address the issues that lead them to run away. If you work in the games industry, or know somebody who does, please help us collect as many votes as we can.”
GamesAid membership is open to anyone in the computer games industry. To vote visit www.gamesaid.org. Voting closes on September 11.