'Dig In' Preston charity announced as next collaboration with the city's own Monopoly board
Hitting the shelves next month, popular charity Dig In - based in Preston, will get to star on its own Community Chest square on the new official board.
So far, three organisations have been announced as being on the board: Deepdale, PNECET and the Preston Street Pastors. Winning Moves UK, the makers of the board have also announced that The Harris Museum and Preston Guild Hall are set to feature too - with Avenham Park and the Flag Market also tipped for leading spots as well.
But today the dice rolls on Dig In, as it is announced that they are the latest Preston organisation to be announced and are one of several charities that will feature in the game.
Dig In Trustee Gillian Bennett said: “We are thrilled to be honoured this way and thank you to everyone who voted for us.
“The garden is a form of horticultural therapy and helps ex-service people unlock their potential. Very many of these professionals are used to being a part of a team with structure and routine and when they leave the forces they often lose that focus and direction which can be very tough.
“It’s a safe and structured support mechanism and as well as the therapeutic advantages, there are also practical benefits like woodworking projects in a purpose built shed which is extremely popular amongst the ex-service professionals.
The charity, which has featured on Channel Five’s Homefront, took up roots in a quiet corner of Ashton Park, Preston, eight years ago.
The makers of the game say the board, which will hit the shops on October 22nd, will showcase “the great and good of Preston”.
A spokesperson for Winning Moves UK said: "Several Preston charities will get to feature and it’s our way of thanking the public for getting behind the game so very enthusiastically.
“The public got behind a charity vote earlier in the year beyond magnificently. Thank you to everyone who voted.
“Dig In polled extremely well and is very much cherished in Preston and beyond, from what we have seen.”
Earlier this year, Winning Moves UK announced that Preston was set to get its own Monopoly game after seeing off a host of other places across the north-west in a 'beauty contest'.
The new game will be available at all major toy and book stores in the city from October 22 including Waterstones, The Works and Ryman.