Three charities now set to appear on Shrewsbury Monopoly board

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Attractions | Published:

Three Shrewsbury charities will now get to ‘Pass Go’ on the brand new official Monopoly game for the town due to the “enormous response and generosity” of the town.

The launch of the new Shrewsbury Monopoly board game which took place at the castle and museum in the town. Mr Monopoly with Lezley Picton Shropshire Councillor and cabinet member for culture and leisure along with Jake Houghton from Winning Moves.

Last week games bosses announced two charities would star on their own Community Chest spaces on the new Monopoly: Shrewsbury Edition game.

"We originally offered two spaces, but the response has been so overwhelming that we are now handing over all three of the Community Chest spaces that feature on a Monopoly gameboard to charities," said Jake Houghton, custom games executive at Winning Moves UK, makers of the new game.

To qualify, the charities have to be "clearly Shrewsbury focused", added Jack. They must also be currently registered with The Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Polls closed last night – and as of Monday of this week more than 3,000 nominations had been cast, with half of these on the official Shrewsbury Monopoly Facebook page.

“Remarkable,“ said Jake. “The generosity of the town has overwhelmed us.”

More than 25 different charities have been voted for.

It was three weeks ago that it was announced that Shrewsbury is getting its very own official Monopoly game. The public was invited at the time of the announcement to send in votes and suggestions to star on the Monopoly spaces.

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. Shrewsbury Castle, Abbey and The Dana Prison have all polled very well, said Mr Houghton who also revealed that the Shrewsbury Chronicle is set to land the Fleet Street space, with the Star also likely to land on a leading spot too.

He added: “The game will feature the great and the good of Shrewsbury.”

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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