Energy Voice | North Sea Monopoly board to raise £69K for Piper Alpha memorial


The classic board game Monopoly has been reinvented with a North Sea theme to raise up to £69,000 for the upkeep of Aberdeen’s Piper Alpha memorial.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the tragedy, when 167 people lost their lives offshore.

The 167 Souls fundraising group and the Pound for Piper charity have joined forces for the board game.

The board, which is sponsored by a range of companies, including energy giant Shell, is industry-themed, with the four train station squares substituted for the Brent platforms.

Meanwhile, the chance and community chest cards have become “drilling and completions” cards.

More than 2000 Monopoly boards have been produced, with more than 600 pre-ordered, raising over £22,000 so far.

To date, the 167 Souls JustGiving page has raised nearly a third of its £30,000 target for funds to maintain the gardens at Hazlehead Park.

Fundraiser Graeme Webster is hopeful the project will help them break through that target.

He said: “I’m delighted because there is a whole spectrum of involvement from the industry. We have small, medium and large-sized companies on the board which shows how wide the support is.

“Every penny that we gain is going straight to the memorial trust.

“I think it is critically important that we do maintain the memorial. It’s through fundraising that this aim is achieved.

“It’s a significant incident that should never be forgotten.”

The boards can be bought through the 167 Souls JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/167souls



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