This year’s Jingle Jam fundraiser by The Yogscast raised $5.2 million for charity, doubling their record from 2016.
Jingle Jam is an annual month-long live stream that was created by Yogscast founders Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane, which aims to raise money for various charities both in the UK and around the world. This year’s total stands at $5.2 million, doubling their donations from 2016, when Jingle Jam raised $2,577,801.
The Yogscast have been running an annual fundraising live stream every December since 2011. The charities Jingle Jam raised money for this year include Cancer Research UK, the Mental Health Foundation, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and Save the Children.
Viewers of the live stream were able to purchase Humble Bundles which included a collection of more than 50 video games. A total of 148,853 bundles were sold, with the all the proceeds going directly to the Jingle Jam charities. Viewers could also purchase Yogscast merchandise from their website to donate money.
Mark Turpin, CEO of The Yogscast, tweeted to thank everyone who had supported #JingleJam2017 and announced the total to be over $5.2 million:
Thanks to everyone who has supported us this year with the #JingleJam2017 where we are likely to finish with just a shade over $5.2 million for some phenomenal charities. From everyone at the @yogscast Thank you very much!!
— Turps (@The_T) December 31, 2017
In a video announcing the total, The Yogscast explained how they were “blown away by the generosity of you guys” and wanted to thank “everyone who has helped out and everyone who has watched”, making it their “best year ever”.