All aboard for Blue Day as bus firm signs up for charity appeal

SUPPORT Stagecoach staff, from left back, Julia Gaskin, Trevor Page and Matt Cooper with, front from left, Rob Froggatt and Krystian Krzywon.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121263-1)
SUPPORT Stagecoach staff, from left back, Julia Gaskin, Trevor Page and Matt Cooper with, front from left, Rob Froggatt and Krystian Krzywon. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121263-1)

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BUS drivers from Stagecoach have pledged their support for this year’s Blue Day fundraiser.

The firm has joined First Bus in supporting the event, giving passengers across the area an opportunity to make a donation for this year’s extravaganza which takes place on Friday, April 20.

Stagecoach staff will each wear something blue and will pay for the privilege of it.

Posters will be displayed on the route 23 service which runs from Havant to Southsea, and staff will also be encouraging customers to make donations at the bus station in Havant.

Matt Cooper, assistant operations manager at Stagecoach Portsmouth, said: ‘We generally like to get involved with local charities if we can as we are a main employer in the area.

‘Blue Day is great – people always stop and put something in.

‘If people know what’s going on and what it’s for then even in tough times, people don’t mind putting in change.

‘If people know it’s going to make a difference to the local area they are more willing to put their hand in their pocket.’

Mr Cooper added that supporting research into the bone cancer osteosarcoma is vital.

‘It’s bad enough when it affects anybody but when it affects children it makes people stop and think,’ he said.

‘It’s definitely a good thing because if it can stop someone else going through what Tom went through then that’s great.’

Blue Day is an annual fundraiser which sees companies and schools across the area take part in blue-related activities in a bid to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

This is the sixth Blue Day and, as before, all proceeds will go straight to the trust, which is run by Tom’s family.

It was set up by his mum Adele, dad Clinton, and sister Emma shortly after Tom’s death at his Southsea home in 2004 from osteosarcoma.

The Prince family want to raise £1m for research into the rare form of cancer.

They have raised £664,000 to date – £174,000 of which has come from the five previous Blue Days.

Meanwhile, tickets are still on sale for the Big Blue Do which takes place at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road, Southsea, on Wednesday, April 18.

Visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk

· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section