St. Margaret’s Hospice has today been announced as the very first space on the brand new Taunton MONOPOLY board. The charity topped a public poll to win the Community Chest space in the green section of the board.

The new game will hit shops in time for this Christmas – an exact date for the release and launch of the board will be announced within the next three weeks, say the game’s makers Winning Moves UK. “It’s going to be a spectacular launch with a red carpet rolled out to boot!”, says Natasha Rebuck from Winning Moves UK.

St. Margaret’s Hospice prides itself on “providing high quality, responsive care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness”.

News of the very first space to be announced on the board has brought whoops of delight from St. Margaret’s staff who ran a “great” campaign to get on the board, say the makers of the game.

Clare Gallie, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at St. Margaret’s Hospice, said today:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be featuring on Taunton’s very own Monopoly board – and to be the very first space to be announced.

“As a Taunton-based charity that cares for over 3,200 people every year, we are so excited to be celebrated as part of the community and to have topped the poll.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who voted for us.

“This will make a fantastic gift for everyone in and around the Taunton area this Christmas.”

The makers of the game today extended their congratulations too.

"Congratulations to St. Margaret’s Hospice - they ran the most imaginative and great campaign - and many thanks to everyone who voted," says Natasha Rebuck from the makers of the game, Winning Moves UK, under official license from Hasbro, who today extended their congratulations too. “The charity will feature on a Community Chest space – we feel this is an appropriate position on the board, with St. Margaret’s Hospice’s being such an integral part of the Taunton community.”

Ms Rebuck - a Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK - added: 

"There were two polls held earlier in the year. One for general landmarks, a second specifically for charities. The response to both was beyond our expectation. We would like to thank each and every person who took the time to vote and to nominate. We have studied each suggestion and vote – in their thousands – and the board is now in the production stage.”

The game will be available widely, including in St. Margaret's Hospice shops.