Blue drinks on the way as pub backs appeal

CHEERS! Lauren Carter, Vicki Bailey-Green and Becca Furnell. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13828-420)
CHEERS! Lauren Carter, Vicki Bailey-Green and Becca Furnell. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13828-420)

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DRINKERS at a city pub will be encouraged to dig deep as staff get behind this year’s Blue Day fundraiser.

Workers at the Isambard Kingdom Brunel pub in Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth have joined the many companies and schools in the area and signed up for our annual fundraiser.

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

This year it takes place on Friday, April 19 – a day before Pompey’s final home game of the season against Sheffield United.

Staff are planning to wear blue face paint and blue wigs.

They will put up posters up around the pub so customers know what is going on.

And the pub will be decorated in blue and blue cakes will be sold.

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

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

Shift leader Fiona Corbett said: ‘We’re going to try and jazz it up a bit.

‘I don’t think we have celebrated Blue Day in this particular pub before.

‘It should be good. We want to give it a go and see if we can raise some money for the charity.

‘It’s a brilliant idea as it’s all in Tom’s memory.

‘We’re going to start putting some posters up and maybe make some blue-themed cocktails on the night.’

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

They have raised £770,000 to date and £194,000 of that has come from previous Blue Days.

Fiona said all staff at the pub are fully supportive of this year’s Blue Day.

‘It’s brilliant. Every aspect of the community getting involved together is good.

‘We’re a community pub at the end of the day.

‘It’s a local community event. It’s good to be able to do something for a local charity which people will be able to relate to.’

To get involved in Blue Day, you need to register your event at the charity’s website by visiting tomprince.co.uk.

The News will automatically be notified and we will then add you to our roll of honour.

Alternatively, call (023) 9262 2131 and we can register your event through the website on your behalf. Or to send a text donation, please text TPCT13 with the amount you wish to donate to 70070.