Largs toy shop takes on record-breaking attempt

Published on: 1st August 2012

Bus Stop Toy Shop, in Largs, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘The Longest Marathon Playing a Boardgame’ starting at 11am on Wednesday 1 August running through to Friday 3 August.

The event will raise money for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) who run the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

The four-strong team are Ben Miller (age 22) from Largs, Christian Olsson (36), living in Largs but originally from Sweden, Sean McFarlane (23) from Skelmorlie, and Managing Director of Bus Stop Toy Shop Duncan Conner (38) from Largs.

The team must play the same game constantly for 54 hours or more to break the record, which currently stands at 53 hours and 59 minutes. They will be allowed a five-minute break for every hour played which can be saved up to take a longer break.

The team have decided to play ‘Small World’ by the manufacturer Days of Wonder. The manufacturer is fully behind the team and will be supporting their record-breaking attempt.

Duncan Conner said: “We sought out a children’s charity that had a local connection and I was delighted to discover the CHAS volunteer fundraising group which is based in Largs. CHAS is a wonderful charity, whose important work I was already well aware of. They make an ideal charity to partner with; small enough that an amount we could raise could be important but large enough that they can lend a little support and know-how along the way.”

CHAS fundraiser Nicola Gunn said: “We are really excited that the team from Bus Stop Toy Shop have chosen to support CHAS through this extremely challenging record-breaking attempt. We wish them all the best in their efforts. All the money they raise will help us provide our services at Rachel House, Robin House and CHAS at Home.”

If you would like to support CHAS please contact the Glasgow fundraising office on 0141 779 6180 or go to


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