Feb. 26, 2021

141 - Becky Frost & Mark Saville of SpecialEffect

141 - Becky Frost & Mark Saville of SpecialEffect

This week, we're kicking off the GameBlast 21 festivities with a chat with Becky Frost, Community Events & Volunteer Coordinator, and Mark Saville, Communications Officer, both from SpecialEffect. They explain what this charity is, talk about GameBlast and tell us how you and I can help SpecialEffect on their quest to empower people. It's a great conversation and I couldn't be happier to have them on the show.


Hello everyone and welcome to the return of our interview-based format after two very special episodes which, if you haven't yet, I urge you to go back and listen to.

Two announcements:

First, we now have an Instagram account you can find at instagram.com/thesegalounge. This will be a place for, obviously sharing pictures, but also select short clips of the show. So do please give us a follow there.

Second, and definitely more important, it's GameBlast 21 week! For those unfamiliar with GameBlast, it's a huge annual charity gaming marathon weekend in aid of SpecialEffect. I will be taking part on my own Twitch channel and streaming as a member of Team RadioSEGA, which will be comprised of several RadioSEGA streamers and community friends, like the Shenmue Dojo, the Tojo Dojo and Lewis Clark of SEGA Driven to name but a few.

We're kicking off the GameBlast 21 festivities with a chat with Becky Frost, Community Events & Volunteer Coordinator, and Mark Saville, Communications Officer, both from SpecialEffect. You should know of SpecialEffect by now but in case you don't Mark and Becky will explain what this charity is, talk about GameBlast and tell us how you and I can help SpecialEffect on their quest to empower people. It's a great conversation and I couldn't be happier to have them on the show. Oh, and by the way, The SEGA Lounge Challenge is back...

Playing video games is something I've been doing for most of my life and something that's easy for most of us to take for granted. The stories Mark and Becky shared with us today and all the case studies you can find on their website show how important the work of SpecialEffect is for children, young people and even adults who are not as lucky as most of us when it comes to experiencing video games and life in general. More than feeling sorry for people, it's about doing something to help them find a new skill or ability. So if you're interested in supporting SpecialEffect, please consider donating. And if you're free this weekend, why not join me and the rest of Team RadioSEGA for our GameBlast celebrations?

I'll be streaming on my Twitch channel on Friday, the 26th February, from 4pm GMT and on Sunday, the 28th from 10am GMT and again from 4pm GMT. You can support the charity by heading over to http://thesegalounge.com/gameblast. And you can make the stream go even crazier with each donation as I'll have some cool donation rewards to basically make me suffer while I try to play video games!

Find the full schedule of Team RadioSEGA at https://www.radiosega.net/news/sega/2021/02/radiosega-joins-gameblast-2021-26-28-february/

 

Becky Frost

Community Events & Volunteer Coordinator at Special Effect, a UK-based charity that's leveling the playing field for gamers with physical disabilities around the world.

Mark Saville

Communications Officer at Special Effect, a UK-based charity that's leveling the playing field for gamers with physical disabilities around the world.