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Gaming marathon raises £1,000 for cancer support

A 24-hour gaming marathon yesterday has raised more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The last hour. Photo by Rachel Gaulton

Skybus Chief Passenger Handler Douglas Burrow and Air Traffic Controller Nic Davidson played together or against each other in a variety of games, with the loser to have their back waxed at a time and date to be confirmed.

After nine different games across the 24 hours, the contest ended in a draw.

During pub opening hours, the marathon was held at the Scillonian Club, with a charity quiz, raffle and donations box adding to the coffers.

Some £320 was raised on the day, making a total of £1081 when added to the amount raised via the page's online fundraising page.

Douglas posted on Facebook today: "Well the challenge of the 24-hour gaming marathon has been completed and we have had some much needed sleep. I must say it exceeded mine and Nic Davidson’s expectations as our original goal was only £250.

"So a few thank you's before the total. A massive thank to Nic for joining in and completing the challenge with me. A huge thank you to Richard Smith, Phoebe Kirkby, Rachel Gaulton (who completed 18 hours of it by doing regular updates and keeping us supplied). Jon for running the quiz to raise more money for Macmillan and the rest of the Scillonian club team for selling the raffle tickets. Tamar Smethurst, and Andy Smethurst for breakfast.

"Almost forgot thank you to everyone has donated so far and who came along yesterday. If I have missed anyone thank you to you too."

Douglas and Nic decided to complete a gaming marathon as they were "unable to physically run a marathon for cancer (as we're very unfit)".

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