Funstation Makes £1k Donation to Hestia During Lockdown
Leading UK family entertainment centre operator, Funstation, has made a donation to Hestia a valuable charity delivering services across London and the surrounding regions and advocating nationally on issues including victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse and young care leavers and older people.
Jo Tilley-Riley, Director of Hestia said, “It is a very difficult time for everyone across the country and our staff and volunteers are doing exceptional things to try and support our service users who are facing this crisis on top of their existing huge trauma. Funstation’s generosity is going to help us go that extra mile, from buying nappies for mums who are survivors of modern slavery, to home education kits (which they can also use for FUN!) for family isolating in a single room in one of our refuges.”
James Miller, Managing Director of Funstation, said, “We have been aware of the great work that Hestia carry out for some time, having been introduced to them by Carolyn Harris MP who is a great supporter. We were very happy to support such a great cause – I think it’s more important than ever to think of others in these strange and unprecedented times.”
Funstation is a member of bacta and James is currently the President of the organisation. Bacta members collectively donated a further £23,000 to charity during lockdown – supporting good causes such as food banks, victim support, hospices and community centres around the coast.
Funstation launches campaign to encourage customers to donate their tickets to Rays of Sunshine
TODAY, Funstation at Xscape Yorkshire, in Castleford, launches ‘Tickets For Wishes’, a campaign which encourages customers to donate their prize tickets to Rays of Sunshine and help grant magical wishes for seriously ill children.
To celebrate the launch, Funstation invited local wish child, Joseph, from Normanton, along with his family for a jam-packed day of activities at Xscape, including Gravity trampolines, Volcano Falls Adventure Golf, Laserzone, Tenpin Bowling, lunch at Frankie & Bennies and of course, enjoying Funstation. The 12-year-old who is currently living with a complex Congenital Heart Disease, had his wish granted to go on the set of Sky’s Soccer Saturday by Rays of Sunshine.
1p from every ticket that is donated at the Funstation prize booth, or at the yellow collection stands, will be donated directly to Rays of Sunshine and will then matched by the company, in a bid to hopefully raise a whopping £12,500 this year – that’s a lot of wishes!
James Miller, Managing Director at Funstation, explains:
“Funstation is all about friends and family having fun together, and we wanted to do something that would help make happy memories for families who may not be having such a fun time at the moment. ‘Tickets For Wishes’ seemed like the perfect way for us to help raise money for Rays of Sunshine and grant magical wishes for other children just like Joseph.”
“Along with our Xscape partners we were delighted to invite Joseph and his family along today to enjoy all the fun activities here at Xscape and help us launch Tickets to Wishes.”
Jason Warren, General Manager at Xscape, added:
“It was a pleasure to meet Joseph and his family during their day out with us. A variety of our tenants collaborated to create a fun-filled itinerary for Joseph, packed with activities, and a lunch break in between!”
Funstation Managing Director James Miller is a member of BACTA, who have been corporate partners with Rays of Sunshine since 2012.
YouTubers meet and greet draws big arcade crowd in UK first
While for some of the longer serving in this industry, the names Angel and Crystal might not resonate, but for 1.82 million people worldwide they certainly do. The pair behind the YouTube channel Plush Time Wins recently held a meet and greet event in London.
UK FEC chain Funstation used its Shepherd’s Bush location in the W12 shopping centre to host the event, which saw hundreds of players coming from all over the country. Those at the back of the queue to meet Angel and Crystal waited for more than three hours to get the chance to chat, take photos and eventually play games with their social media heroes.
Arcade management consultant Toby na Nakhorn, who was working with Funstation when the event was set up, was present to see the success of the appearance and is a keen proponent of leveraging the power of social media, its influencers and followers in the out-of-home amusement industry.
“The West12 event was great, a real buzz,” said na Nakhorn. “Angel and Crystal just like having fun in arcades and it’s not just them - their 1.82 million followers love doing exactly the same. Funstation was the ideal location for this, as fun is what they set out to provide as well.
“The day was proof positive of the benefits of events at arcades and FECs. It gives people a reason to revisit. The face-to-face interaction, smiles and feel good vibes of human contact in a place like this is just something that isn’t the same, sat at home on a PlayStation or Xbox.”
Look out for December’s issue of InterGame for a more in-depth look at the event, the participants and the wider impact of social media on the industry.