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BLUE FOR YOU From left, Julie Brown, Carole McGovern, Tom Mather, Jane Baker, Karen Pouralli, Helen Burch and Tracey Bertram at Lake Road Health Centre. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13964-225)
BLUE FOR YOU From left, Julie Brown, Carole McGovern, Tom Mather, Jane Baker, Karen Pouralli, Helen Burch and Tracey Bertram at Lake Road Health Centre. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13964-225)
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PATIENTS will get a big blue surprise when they turn up for an appointment to see their doctor next week.

Staff at the Lake Road surgery in Nutfield Place are supporting this year’s Blue Day.

They have been taking part since Blue Day was first launched back in the spring of 2008.

The fundraising day sees people from across the area host blue-themed events to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

This year, it will take place on Friday, April 19.

Staff at the surgery will be paying £2 each to dress in blue.

They will also be enjoying blue food such as blueberry muffins, blue juice, and even a blue lemon drizzle cake.

Patients will also be encouraged to take part on the day itself.

Receptionist Carole McGovern said: ‘It’s for a 
good cause and it’s for 
medical research which is great.

‘It’s good for the girls to have a non-uniform day on a Friday which everybody always loves.’

And Carole said the patients always remember Blue Day and like to make a donation.

‘We have found that since we have started doing it patients are aware of what we are doing it for,’ she said.

‘We have something on the counter and people make donations.

‘It’s brilliant.

‘It’s got a definite community feel.

‘So many companies do it now that if you’re going out in Portsmouth on that day people know why you are doing it.

‘It’s so popular. It’s a great charity.

‘The build-up to it is everywhere.

‘We have a poster up so the patients can see why we are doing it.

‘They like it. It’s really good.

‘It’s a good excuse to let your hair down and not have to worry about wearing uniform.’

Tom was a huge Pompey fan, but sadly lost his battle with bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday.

The charity was set up in memory of Tom in 2004 by his dad Clinton, mum Adele and sister Emma.

They want to raise £1m towards research into the disease.