Blue drinks are up for grabs in charity fundraiser

SUPPORT From left, Chantelle West, Anne Atkinson, Bruce McIntosh, area manager for Booker Wholesale, and Val Corn  at The Larder in Milton. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13986-8405)
SUPPORT From left, Chantelle West, Anne Atkinson, Bruce McIntosh, area manager for Booker Wholesale, and Val Corn at The Larder in Milton. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13986-8405)
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FREE food and drink will be on offer at a shop in Portsmouth in exchange for a donation to this year’s Blue Day.

Staff at The Larder in Locksway Road in Milton have agreed to support Blue Day to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Blue Day is an annual fundraising event which sees people from across the area host blue-themed events in a bid to raise cash for the charity.

This year, it takes place on Friday, April 19.

Anne Atkinson, owner of The Larder, said: ‘I saw it in The News. My son’s school got involved in it last year so I had heard of it.

‘It’s a great tribute to Tom. I have got a young son myself. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for them.

‘It’s nice to have something so positive and enthusiastic that people can get involved in.

‘The weather has been awful and everybody has been down in the dumps and money is tight so it’s good to do something good.’

Staff will be giving away free blue sports drinks, crisps and sweets to every paying customer to encourage customers to donate money.

The goods were provided by local company Booker Wholesale.

Staff will also all be dressing up in blue fancy dress.

Anne added: ‘We are enthusiastic about it so hopefully it will be contagious on the day.

‘It’s nice that it’s a Portsmouth charity so it’s got more of a community feel.’

Tom’s family are bidding to raise £1m towards research into bone cancer osteosarcoma, after he lost his battle with the disease just a day before his 16th birthday.

To get involved, you need to register by visiting tomprince.co.uk.

The News will automatically be notified and you will be added to our roll of honour.

Alternatively, you can also call (023) 9262 2131 and we can register through the website on your behalf.

Also, the charity is now taking text donations.

Send a text to TPCT13 with the amount you wish to donate and then send it to 70070.