During the autumn, when undertaking a children’s treasure hunt in the high street, Daniel Short (manager of Haart estate agents) told me his company were interested in financially supporting a local themed and orientated community project. Could I suggest something appropriate?
I grew up in the 1970s, when “Top Trumps” were a popular, playground pastime. And I was aware that they have made a strong comeback in recent decades, notably at the time of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And subsequently, releasing card sets alongside Star Wars and James Bond movies.
If I could produce a full deck of 40 cards, devise categories that would provide a numerical value and common to everything from shops to parks, via youth groups, sports clubs and churches, then this would provide a playable game and Haart would be able to support it – with 50% of the funding.
The Worcester Park Trumps pack:
Thus, of the 40 cards, haart agreed to sponsor 20. I decided to split the pack into two halves: non-commercial (sponsored by haart) and commercial. The latter was represented by 20 local independent traders, who were all extremely generous and delighted to support a local project.
Alongside 20 independent traders (who each sponsored their own card) were 20 cards depicting:
(*The cards are deliberately diverse, to represent Old Malden, Cuddington and Sutton wards.)
- 4 local youth groups*
- 4 local sports clubs
- 4 local churches*
- 4 local parks*
- Both local libraries* (both Sutton and Kingston have one in KT4)
- Worcester Park railway station
- Main sponsor: Haart estate agent
To make the game function like ‘Top Trumps’, I came up with 5 categories:
The final category was particularly liked by haart. It showed that virtually everything in Worcester Park is but a few minutes’ walk from the local railway station: an attractive, convenient aspect for families considering moving to the area.
- Number of years established
- Number of staff
- Street (house/shop) address number
- Days open per week
- Minutes’ walk to Worcester Park Station
Funding and charitable objective:
As agreed, haart supplied £180 and the 20 traders each supplied £15 each, which included a pack of cards priced at £5.
The total cost of 100 packs was £360 making the cost price £3.60 per pack.
The selling price of each pack is £5.
Each pack sold therefore provides a profit of £1.40 while the original £3.60 will be rotated and reinvested in more packs until we can’t sell any more.
All of that £1.40 profit will be donated to a local charity.
Where can they be purchased?
Worcester Park trump card games are on sale at three locations in Worcester Park:
Keeping within the local theme, these shops have agreed to support the Children’s Trust at Tadworth.
- Haart estate agents (near the top of Central Road).
- Caché ladies boutique (near the bottom of Central Road).
- Toy Shed toy shop (At the centre of town, opposite the library car park, in Windsor Road.)
(This is a charity which assists children with brain injuries, sometimes with outstanding success: Dorking born Sophia Warner was born with cerebral palsy. As a child, she received specialist treatment. At London 2012, she represented Great Britain, as a Paralympics sprinter and is now an ambassador for the charity).
I look forward to purchasing a pack - and I trust none of the 40 feature Donald...