Charity begins at home (the brand new Shrewsbury Monopoly home)
Two Shrewsbury charities are being sought from today (Thursday 16 May 2019) – to ‘Pass GO’ on the brand new official Monopoly game for the town.
The charities will get to star on the brand new board – on Community Chest spaces all on their own.
Jake Houghton, Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK, makers of the new game under license from Monopoly owners Hasbro, Inc, said:
“It’s our way of thanking the public for getting behind the game so very enthusiastically.
“To qualify the charities have to be clearly Shrewsbury focused. They must also be currently registered with The Charity Commission for England and Wales.”
Polls are open for nominations and will last a week, until 23.59pm next Wednesday (22 May 2019).
It was announced a fortnight ago that Shrewsbury is getting its very own official Monopoly. The public was invited at the time of the announcement to send in votes and suggestions to star on the Monopoly spaces and Community Chest and Chance cards. One card idea, perhaps cheekily, which has caught a lot of attention is one sending players to Telford rather than the Monopoly jail.
Jake Houghton added:
“The response has been absolutely fantastic and way exceeded our expectations. More than 4,000 votes have poured in so far. We would like to formally thank each and every person who has sent in nominations. Now, as our way of a thank you, two town charities will now get to star on their very own Monopoly Community Chest spaces.”
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:
“We’ve got lots of great charities who play a vital role in making Shrewsbury a fantastic place to live, work and visit. They do an excellent job of helping look after those who need extra support, helping to maintain our green spaces and community buildings and supporting the work of thousands of dedicated volunteers.
“They truly deserve to feature in the game – but it will be difficult picking just two.”
The new edition will be available at all major retailers starting in October in Shrewsbury and beyond, as well as at online retailers including Amazon.
Jake Houghton added:
“Shrewsbury Castle, The Abbey and The Dana (ex-prison) have all polled very well so far, The game will feature the great and the good of Shrewsbury.”
Polls for Charity suggestions: by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org ; or to the official Shrewsbury Monopoly Facebook page; or by good old-fashioned post, to: Shrewsbury Monopoly charity nominations, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ.