A  48hr live-stream of entertainment is set to benefit our hospices.

On St David’s Day, 34-year-old John Harper, aka Johnny Beard, will kick off the annual Dathlu Twitch Cymru event, a celebration of the best in Welsh online game and music streaming.

In the last two years alone, Johnny along with his gaming friends has raised an impressive £17,000 with live events on the popular Twitch streaming platform.

Live games and music

John Harper aka Johnny Beard gets geared up for some fun starting at 9am on 1st March

Johnny said: “This is the third year we have run Dathlu Twitch Cymru and have 57 of the best Welsh streamers committed to taking part in the now two-day event.

“We raised a brilliant £10k last year and are hoping we may be able to top that this year with the amazing mix of gaming, live music and DJ sets we have lined-up from around the country.

“There’ll be craziness like Minecraft Hide ‘n’ Seek plus a specially modded run through of Resident Evil.

“That’s what’s great about Wales, there’s just so much talent out there and people are very generous.”

Dathlu Twitch Cymru works much-like a telethon in providing great entertainment but also encouraging charitable donations and passing on the message of our hospices.

“We’re very proud that the event has been building year-on-year and being able to show our audience the candid videos of the hospices’ work is a very impactive thing.

“We want to spread as much awareness of Hope House Tŷ Gobaith as possible,” said Johnny.

£50 Challenge

Johnny receives the £50 Challenge from Tŷ Gobaith fundraiser Andy Everley

As a new twist for 2024, the event will be carried out under our £50 Challenge.

Johnny has used their £50 to purchase the inaugural Dathlu Twitch Cymru Champion Fundraiser Cup trophy which will be awarded to the streamer who raises the most money on the day.

“There’s already some banter with our streamers on who will take home the cup and everybody is excited to see who wins,” said Johnny.

You can join the fun at www.twitch.tv/johnny_beard from 9am on March 1st as Johnny kicks it off and also find him on X (Twitter) @johnnybeard42 for updates ahead of the event.

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