THE SHAKESPEARE Hospice has been told to pass go and collect £200 after securing their place on the Stratford-themed Monopoly board.
The public were asked to give the names of two charities to star on the board, and the Shottery-based hospice – which provides care for those suffering from a life-limiting illness – received the most votes.
The hospice will now appear on a Community Chest square when the board is released later this year.
Hospice spokeswoman Vikki Calcutt said: “We are honoured to have been voted and selected as one of the ‘Community Chest’ squares on the Stratford Monopoly.
“Ever since we opened in 1999 the community have been behind us and for them to vote for us to be the local charity shows us once again. What an incredible community we live in.
“A big thank you to everyone who voted.”
The public were asked to vote in two polls, one for local charities and one for general landmarks.
The three most popular landmarks in the poll are currently standing at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, The Holy Trinity Church and the RSC.
Monopoly spokeswoman Natasha Rebuck said: “The response from the public has been overwhelming. We would like to thank each and every person who has voted.
“The board – or ‘Bard’ as it has been coined – will be on shop shelves later in the year both in Stratford stores and widely online.
“It will be a world board of global appeal, bearing in mind all that has been happening in this milestone legacy year of William Shakespeare.
“The board will immortalise Stratford and its’ heritage both past, present and pointing to the future.”