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Poll: What was your favourite childhood game? Charity asks people to dust off their Monopoly set for a marathon challenge

19:30 24 April 2014

The newest Monopoly token, a cat, rests on the game board at Hasbro Inc. headquarters, in Pawtucket, R.I., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Voting on Facebook determined that the cat would replace the iron token. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The newest Monopoly token, a cat, rests on the game board at Hasbro Inc. headquarters, in Pawtucket, R.I., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Voting on Facebook determined that the cat would replace the iron token. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

What was your favourite game as a child? The NSPCC is urging people across Suffolk to relive the fun they had in their childhood by bringing back the games they played as a way to raise funds.

The charity’s Bring Back Play initiative is a way to have fun while raising
money.

Suggestions from the charity include a 24-hour monopoly marathon, a five-a-side football tournament or a superhero fancy dress day.

NSPCC regional head of fundraising, Christian Morris, said: “As we get older it’s easy to take life too seriously.

“We focus on our careers, our bank balance, our responsibilities. But we want people to remember how good it felt when they were younger to have the freedom to play, when it was all about friends, fun and laughter.

“The NSPCC uses play therapy to help children recover from neglect and abuse. By playing, they can make sense of what has happened to them, build their confidence and start to trust adults again.

“With your support the NSPCC can help these children to have the happy childhood they need to thrive.”

He added: “£5 raised through Bring Back Play could pay for a pack of paints to help a child express what has happened to them, £10 could pay for children to use a toy telephone to say things they are too scared to say to anyone else, and £50 could buy a child and their family one-to-one support with a practitioner who can, over time, help them find the road to recovery.”

The NSPCC has issued the following guidance on how to get involved:

• Choose a date in May to hold an event

• Invite friends, family, colleagues to get involved and donate

• Pledge their support via the NSPCC website at nspcc.org.uk/play to let the charity know what you’re doing

• Share events on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #PLEDGETOPLAY

• Have a great time and then send the money to the NSPCC.

A range of materials have been developed to help people plan and stage their events including a fundraising guide and printable invitations, which can all be downloaded from the website www.nspcc.org.uk/play

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town on Sunday with all ages taking part - should we do more to encourage cycling?

Major improvements to Ipswich town centre’s cycle network could be on the horizon in a bid to make cycling safer and easier.

A Stansted Express train at Stansted Airport.

Trespasses on train lines are higher in Ipswich than anywhere else in the east of England, it has been revealed.

The River Deben, at Woodbridge Quay

Two young men were stuck up to their chests in mud before they were pulled free in Woodbridge tonight.

Simon O'Brien-Ellington with his wife, Claire.

Paths are for people, not for cars. That is the driving force behind a campaign started by Ipswich man Simon O’Brien-Ellington who says badly parked cars block access for wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs and blind people.

Gemma Edgar and her son Noah with her brother Lee Relf, who has launched into fundraising for the Children's Eye Cancer Charity and is doing a sponsored cycle around Suffolk castles dressed as knights in honour of his nephew.

The uncle of a Colchester boy living with cancer is looking forward to embarking on a Knight Rider Challenge this weekend to raise funds for a charity that supports children with the disease.

A loo with a view in Pakefield

With so much to see and do on the Suffolk coast, a day trip is just never long enough - so why not make a weekend of it? Or even book a week-long holiday?

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenage registered sex offender has been given a suspended prison term after police discovered he had moved to Ipswich from the Midlands without telling them.

Myrtle Turner teaches her last fitness class in Saxmundham after 52 years of teaching.

At 86 it’s not unexpected that all the members of Myrtle Turner’s fitness class would be younger than she is – but she is the session leader.

Pupils at Sprites Primary School have a junior pig named Mudlet that they have painted as part of Pigs Gone Wild project.

Can your children create a brightly coloured pig to rival those that have popped up around Ipswich this summer?

Search being co-ordinated at Jaywick for a missing kayaker

People are being urged to stay safe if they visit the seaside this summer after the death of a canoeist off the coast at Jaywick on Sunday.

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