Schools urged to play the game and support the NSPCC

Pupils can play classic games like Connect Four
Pupils can play classic games like Connect Four

The NSPCC is encouraging schools across Worksop to support the charity by getting children to bring in their favourite board games from home and play them in class.

Big Board Game Day is taking place on Friday, March 31 with thousands of school children expected to briefly swap pen and paper for dice and counters, playing old classics like Monopoly and Cluedo and new favourites such as Pie-Face and Speak Out.

Those who participate in Big Board Game Day, which is being supported by Hasbro Gaming, will be asked to make a small donation, with all funds raised being donated to the NSPCC to use in their fight to protect every childhood.

To add to the entertainment the charity is also suggesting that children dress up in their favourite colours and hold a cake sale so they can enjoy something sweet while they play the games.

At the same time they can share pictures on social media, tagging their posts #boardgameday.

Along with schools the NSPCC is calling on youth and after school clubs, office workers and groups of friends to join in the fun and sign-up for Big Board Game Day.

Anyone who wants to be involved needs to go to the NSPCC website at where they can download a free fund-raising pack that is bursting with ideas on how to make it a memorable day.

Claire Campbell, NSPCC community fund-raising mnager for Worksop, said: “Big Board Game Day has become an annual highlight for us with thousands of people across the UK temporarily downing tools to play their favourite games with friends, family, work colleagues and classmates.

“We are delighted that so many ‘gamers’ will be involved again this year and urge anyone who is interested in participating to download our free fund-raising pack now.

“We are exceptionally grateful for all the donations that will be made, no matter how big or small.

“Every penny raised will be put towards protecting children and young people from abuse and helping those who have fallen victim to get their life back on track.”