The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House is rolling the dice with a new fundraiser, hoping its version of a classic game is a real money-spinner.
The Hillington-based hospice, which provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses, this week launched a special North and West Norfolk edition Monopoly board game with the aim of raising £80,000.
Based on the family game, the squares have been sponsored by local firms and feature West Norfolk beauty spots, businesses and attractions.
An initial run of 6,000 games has been produced to mark the hospice’s 35th year and each will cost £29.99.
They will go on sale from Monday, December 9 and Your Local Paper is among the proud supporters and has sponsored one of the Community Chest squares.
Players can own Hunstanton beach, take over Pentney Abbey and claim Wolferton Station in the game, which was the brainchild of Tammy Green, the hospice’s senior fundraising manager.
Mrs Green said: “We are so excited to say we have officially passed go and North and West Norfolk will have its very own exclusive Monopoly board.
“This is a fantastic product which has been produced as a permanent reminder for locals and visitors that we are extremely lucky to share this beautiful part of the world, packed with award winning locations, attractions and beaches.
“We have been overwhelmed by the fantastic support of our headline sponsor No Twenty9 and so very grateful to all the local businesses which have sponsored a property on the board, Community Chest or Chance cards.
“The support that has been shown to the hospice to produce this game just shows what an incredible community we operate in and we will always be grateful.”
John Garrett, director of finance and fundraising, said the hospice was thrilled to have been one of only three chosen by UK-based Winning Moves to produce the special edition, which he said would raise significant funds. All the proceeds go to provide “outstanding passionate care” to the local community.
He also praised Mrs Green for her hard work in getting the project off the ground in just five months and said it had been an “absolutely tremendous achievement”.
The hospice, which has been providing care since 1984, helps more than 1,200 families each year and, over the next 35 years, wants to be able to help even more.
“The sale of the Monopoly boards will enable us to provide first class care for families who so desperately need our help,” said Mr Garrett.
A launch event and auction was held on Tuesday at Burnham Market’s Restaurant No Twenty9 and owner Tim Roberts, headline sponsor of the board game, said: “I absolutely love the idea of a North and West Norfolk Monopoly.
“This area of outstanding natural beauty and historic interest deserves to be immortalised in a Monopoly board and gives everyone the opportunity to support the wonderful work of The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House where I have seen first-hand the incredible work that they do.”
The game can be pre-ordered via the hospice website www.norfolkhospice.org.uk/monopoly.
It will also go on sale at outlets including the hospice’s charity shops, direct from the hospice’s Wheatfields site and also from Your Local Paper at our temporary office at Shakespeare Barn, 5 St George’s Courtyard, King Street, King’s Lynn.
YLP managing director, Alan Taylor, said: “We have been proud supporters of The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House since the paper was launched six years ago and are happy to promote its compassionate work which we know makes a huge difference to families at very difficult times.
“I know first-hand the great work the staff do as one of my close friends spent time at Tapping House. It is a world class facility.
“It is an incredible achievement to have their own Monopoly board and we are positive it will be a huge success.
“Your Local Paper jumped at the chance to support this idea and stock the game, helping to raise the huge amounts of money it takes to run the hospice.”