Gamer raises more than £20K for Molly Ollys

Jan 5, 2023 | News

A 33 year old gamer from Kilkenny in Ireland used his influential online network of 430,000 followers to run a Christmas giveaway that raised more than £20,000 for Molly Ollys.

Brendan Mansfield – known as DeeBeeGeek online – devised the ‘12 Gifts of Geekmas’ contest where subscribers to Twitch and his YouTube channel paid a minimum of 5 euros to take part and be in with the chance of winning one of 12 prizes.

554 people from all over the world donated to Molly Ollys during the live online event which took place on Sunday, 18 December 2022.

Brendan explained why he wanted to give back: “The idea of ‘12 Gifts of Geekmas’ is to raise money for small charities with big goals and amazing causes. I, myself, have been an online influencer for 6 years and have developed an incredible community of supportive and generous people from all four corners of the globe.

“I decided to put my community’s kind nature forward and start raising money for incredible charities like Molly Ollys. I asked my community who I should do the giveaway for and Molly Ollys was put forward by a gamer called Linkinhood.

“As soon as I heard about the amazing work the charity does, I was sold. We raised a whopping sum for Molly Ollys and I’m absolutely thrilled with how it all turned out.”

Linkinhood – the gamer who put forward Molly Ollys – prefers to remain anonymous, but he works for the Hotel Sheraton in Blackpool which is another business which has supported the charity for many years.

Linkinhood said; “As a member of Team Sheraton, I know that the charity is very important. In October this year, Rachel paid the hotel a visit and shared her story with us. I found her strength very inspiring, that she decided to push on and help others in need despite all she had been through.”

Rachel, the charity co-founder, set up Molly Ollys in 2012 after her daughter, Molly died from a rare kidney cancer aged eight.

The charity emotionally supports children who have a life-threatening illness by donating wishes to make them smile and with its Olly The Brave therapeutic toy lion which has a detachable mane and a Hickman Line to help normalise what the children go through.

Rachel is blown away by the amount raised: “Gaming is not a world I am very familiar with, but I just want to say a massive thank you to each and every gamer who donated to take part in the competition. Times are financially tough for people and we are just unbelievably grateful for the £20K raised. This will pay for 40 wishes for 40 children as each wish we do is around £500.”

You can watch the ‘12 Gifts of Geekmas’ here;

Every donation, whatever size, helps a seriously unwell child


Current data suggests that 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every day, and that 1,900 children under the age of 14 in the UK are diagnosed each year.

More children are diagnosed with a range of other, often rare, conditions and illnesses that are also life-threatening.

Molly Ollys is committed to helping as many of these children and their families as possible, and works hard to raise the necessary funds to be able to help those who contact us.

You can help us do this by making a donation, joining in with our fundraising events, running your own events, using Give as You Live when you are shopping, and by leaving a legacy in your will. Please visit our How you can help page to find out more.