THIS weekend, a special needs charity has called on the nation to pull up its favourite comfy chair, get the snacks ready and play games for 24 hours.

Charlbury’s SpecialEffect wants as many people as possible to join its sponsored Gameblast marathon from today through to Sunday.

The charity helps disabled children and adults to benefit from the social aspects of playing games, where they might struggle to socialise in other ways.

It wants to use money from Gameblast sponsorship to create new specialist equipment.

Seven-year-old Tiago dos Santos, from Banbury, has cerebral palsy, and has already benefited from the charity’s help.

His mum Ali dos Santos said: “Tiago is very bright and uses technology really well, he is only limited by his body.”

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