The NSPCC is encouraging families and friends across the South West to take on their favourite board games in aid of a good cause. The charity’s annual Big Board Game Day returns on Friday (March 31), when participants will be asked to make a small donation before gaming begins, with all funds raised being helping the NSPCC in its fight for every childhood.

Schools, youth clubs and workplaces are also urged to get involved, whether they choose to play old classics like Monopoly and Cluedo, or new favourites such as Pie-Face and Speak Out. Gamers can even dress up in their favourite colours and hold a cake sale so they can enjoy something sweet while they play.

Meanwhile, the NSPCC would like players to mark Big Board Game Day, which is supported by Hasbro Gaming, by sharing pictures on social media, tagging their posts #boardgameday.

Caroline Morgan, NSPCC fundraising manager for Wiltshire, explained, “We are delighted that so many gamers will be involved again this year and urge anyone who is interested in participating this Friday to download our free fundraising pack ASAP.

“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 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.”

To get involved, sign up at the NSPCC website – www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/events/big-board-game-day/ – where you can download a free fundraising pack bursting with ideas on how to make it a memorable day.