All aboard for Blue Day fundraising and fun on the buses

HELPING OUT First Bus drivers, from left, Rob Wearn and Mick Dore.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (121117-1)

HELPING OUT First Bus drivers, from left, Rob Wearn and Mick Dore. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121117-1)

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BUS drivers from across the area will wear their Pompey shirts as the company bids to boost the cash raised for this year’s Blue Day.

Drivers for First Bus will be showing their support for this year’s event – and buses around Portsmouth and the surrounding areas will be filled with our Blue Day posters.

Staff will also be shaking buckets at the depot at Hilsea and in Hoeford, Fareham, at Fareham bus station and at The Hard.

Blue Day sees hundreds of people across the area host blue-themed events in aid of local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

The trust was set up in 2004 by avid Pompey fan Tom’s family, shortly after his death from bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday.

Driver Rob Wearn said: ‘Since it started I have always asked if we could do it every year.

‘It’s great for awareness of cancer and raising funds for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

‘The more people that get involved the better.’

Driver Mick Dore, a Pompey season ticket holder, added: ‘I think it’s absolutely brilliant. It’s a great idea as it’s for a great cause.

‘Most drivers will be wearing Pompey shirts or just a blue shirt.

‘When we have done it over the years we have always got nice feedback and comments from the passengers.

‘People were always asking why we had football shirts on.

‘But now the general public know more about it so they know what the day is.

‘I hope people do give generously.’

Sherisse Shelton-Smith, assistant business manager for First in East Hampshire, said: ‘We have taken part in it before. It seems like a great cause to get involved in.

‘We are operating in Pompey and it’s a local charity.

‘We like to support local charities where we can.

‘Quite a few of the drivers support Pompey.

‘I hope that people do contribute and see that we are giving to a good cause.’

Blue Day 2012 is the sixth event of its kind and as before, all proceeds will go to the trust.

This year the event will take place on Friday, April 20 – the day before Pompey’s last home game of the season against Derby County.

Tom’s family are working towards a target of £1m to fund research into the illness.

So far they have raised £664,000 – and £174,000 of that has been from the previous Blue Days.

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

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