Cousins inspired by Monopoly board plan fund raising walk for Peterborough charity

Shannon and Brendon map out their route using the Monopoly board.
Shannon and Brendon map out their route using the Monopoly board.
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From King’s Cross Station to Mayfair... cousins Shannon Hilton and Brandon Smith are preparing for a walk around London with a difference.

The pair will be taking in every landmark on a traditional Monopoly board in a bid to raise money in memory of their grandad.

Playing Monopoly gave us the idea and it felt like the perfect way to remember him.

Shannon Hilton

The pair will begin their 17 mile walk at White Chapel tube station.

They will then head to Mayfair and walk via Monopoly tube stations to Pentonville and Park Lane.

From shopping mecca Oxford Street they’ll pass a number of key ‘red’ and ‘orange’ stops on their way to Vine Street.

After Piccadilly Circus and Coventry Street they will head to Northumberland Avenue before finishing off with Fleet Street and Old Kent Road.

Already they have raised almost £500 in sponsorship in aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough where their grandad Bill Higgins died last September.

And they’re hoping to raise more as friends and family follow their progress via social media on the day.

Shannon (21) said: “We will be using a selfie stick to take selfies with street signs and road names along the walk.

“We’re also including the income tax, super tax, community chest, chance, waterworks and electricity company tiles in our walk – those destinations will be a surprise.”

Shannon, who lives in Yaxley, near Peterborough, came up with the money-spinning take on the traditional board game while playing with her family over Christmas.

“Grandad was born and lived in London for a fair amount of his life – he knew it like the back of his hand.

Shannon, the eldest of 16 grandchildren, said: “I don’t remember a time we were waiting in traffic for very long because he knew every back road and alley to avoid the queues.

“Playing Monopoly gave us the idea and it felt like the perfect way to remember him.”

Bill was admitted to Thorpe Hall last autumn after battling lung cancer for five years.

Brandon (20), a care worker who lives at RAF Cranwell, said: “He wasn’t so keen on going into the hospice at the beginning.

“But every time we visited he was in high spirits – they took away all his worries.”

The whole family spent time with Bill at the hospice.

Shannon said: “The staff didn’t only give grandad the medical care he needed they also gave him – and all of us – the emotional support we needed.

“No matter when we visited or how long we stayed we were greeted by friendly staff who took the time to treat granddad, not like a patient, but like a friend, one of their own family.

“That’s why we wanted to raise money for the hospice, to say thank you.”

To find out more about Shannon and Brandon’s Monopoly Board Walk taking place on April 2 on their fund raising page www.justgiving.com/awalktorememberbilly