Train2Game News SpecialEffect raise money at Twickenham


A fundraising lunch, with rugby legends Paul Wallace, Simon Shaw and Zinzan Brooke, raised £22,484 on the day through donations, raffles and auctions for the gamers’ charity, SpecialEffect.

The three former International players were the guests of honor at the inaugural Legends Lunch in aid of SpecialEffect, held at Twickenham Stadium last month, and they entertained an audience of 120 guests with tales of sporting and not-so-sporting experiences on and off the rugby field.

Paul (former Ireland International and British & Irish Lion), Simon (former England International and British & Irish Lion) and Zinzan (former All Black International) were delighted to be able to assist the charity which provides life changing support through the use of leisure technology, to enhance the quality of life for people with severe physical disabilities. 

“We’re honored that Paul, Simon and Zinzan have made such a difference to our fundraising,” said SpecialEffect Fundraiser Nick Streeter. “The money raised from this superb event will help us meet the growing demand for our specialist services including our video games loan library and our StarGaze project, that provides the loan and support of eye controlled technology to those that really need it “

Matt Hampson, a former England International and Patron of SpecialEffect, suffered a major spinal injury while training with England in 2005 and is the inspiration for the StarGaze project;

“When I regained consciousness I couldn’t move and I couldn’t speak – all I could do was move my eyes. It’s impossible to explain the fear, desperation and helplessness you feel when you are totally unable to communicate.”

“SpecialEffect were there for me with an eye-controlled computer that allowed me to speak using an artificial voice. I know first-hand the difference that SpecialEffect can make”

The event was organised by Limelight Interactive, and it is hoped to be an annual event.

Train2Game News Rugby Lunch Supporting SpecialEffect


The inaugural fundraising lunch for rugby connoisseurs is bringing together three legends of the modern game to raise money for the charity, SpecialEffect.

The charity enable everyone, whatever their disability, to enjoy video games and leisure technology not just for the sake of fun but by giving individuals the means to participate, they are kick starting their rehabilitation, self-esteem, and most importantly, inclusion. Truly life changing support for the inspirational people they support.

Tables are now available for the Legends Lunch, which will feature former internationals Paul Wallace, Simon Shaw MBE and Zinzan Brooke. The event will be hosted by Miles Harrison, the Principal Rugby Commentator for Sky Sports.

A three-course gourmet lunch will be followed by entertainment and banter from the panel of rugby legends, who will be recounting their sporting and not-so-sporting experiences on and off the rugby field. There will be plenty of opportunity to put your questions to the panel and meet the players.

The event, organised by Limelight Interactive, will be held on Thursday 26 February 2015 at the Minster Exchange in central London. The beneficiary charity, SpecialEffect help people with disabilities to benefit from video games and leisure technology.

Matt Hampson, former England International is the proud Patron of SpecialEffect, having worked with the charity after his own life-changing injury;

“I know how it feels to have the opportunity to play a game at the highest level, and how it feels to lose it.  I’m very proud to be the Patron of SpecialEffect – the only national charity specifically dedicated to helping everyone with disabilities to enjoy a better quality of life through games and leisure technology”

“It’s exactly the kind of support that SpecialEffect gave me following my own injury so I know firsthand the difference it can make between watching others enjoy themselves, and joining in yourself”

– Matt Hampson, Patron of SpecialEffect

The cost for a table is £850 plus VAT for a table of 10 people, and interested parties are invited to contact Alison at