Following their epic three-day gaming extravaganza that took place from 31st May to 2nd June, students involved with GameCon at Hartlepool College of Further Education met to reflect on the 2017 event and pass on the substantial funds they raised to Jess Watson of Changing Futures, which received a cheque for £662.94.
Supported by Student Services Team Leader Mark Lee and Admissions Officer Christian Williams, Mark noted that the students highlighted a lot of positive outcomes from this year’s event. “Obviously the funds raised was a key highlight, as this will make a positive difference to young people’s lives in Hartlepool. The students are really grateful to those who attended the event and made donations. But already they’ve indicated how keen they are to make GameCon2018 even better! They recognised how much people enjoyed the mix of games we had this year, from Virtual Reality, retro and modern consoles to board and card games from Tea@Hart, but they now also understand how important promotion, staffing and collaboration are in event planning. Because of this, we’re delighted to see them forming new ideas and reaching out to businesses already, less than a week after this year’s had finished! Seeing inspired and motivated students that want to do something huge for the region has been one of the best things about this event.”
Mark continued “Changing Futures have continued to be a fantastic partner charity and they brought the students and staff certificates of thanks. It was our real pleasure to work together as a team and put on such a fun event for people of all ages to enjoy.We’ve just put out a thank you video on Facebook on our HartlepoolGameCon page and all of the images from this year’s event can be found online at www.HartlepoolGameCon.com as well. On behalf of the students and Changing Futures, we’d like to thank those who came along, played games and shared their gaming stories with us as well. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!”