Richard to take on marathon with a twist

Richard Marshall is to do a 24-hour gaming marathon later this month to raise money for Special Effect - which offers disabled people the chance to play video games.
Richard Marshall is to do a 24-hour gaming marathon later this month to raise money for Special Effect - which offers disabled people the chance to play video games.
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A market trader in Castleford will make the most of the bank holiday later this month by playing video games non-stop for 24 hours.

Richard Marshall, who runs Gamer Nights in Castleford market hall, will be doing it all in the name of charity.

He will be raising money for SpecialEffect, a charity which makes video games and computers available to people with disabilities.

Mr Marshall, 36, said: “I saw the work they do at a games event in London and I was amazed.

“You could sit down and play a Formula One game just by moving your eyes.

“I had heard what they did but until you see it, you don’t realise how amazing it is.”

Mr Marshall, who opened his shop last March, will tackle the gaming marathon from midnight on Sunday, May 26 to midnight on Monday, May 27 .

He hopes to raise around £500 for the charity from the event.

Mr Marshall said: “As soon as I opened the shop I put a collection bucket on the counter.

“ I just thought I could do something a lot more for them so that’s where the idea came from.”

To sponsor him www.justgiving.com/belsh