Blue prizes raffled for annual fundraiser

SUPPORT Front, manager Ruth Cole with trainers and assessors, back from left, Tracy Birks, Joan Baguley, Cathy Robinson-Burke, Emily Mansfield and, middle from left, Danielle Parrish-Evans, Chloe Burrows, Pauline Edney and Jan Corner.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121136-4979)
SUPPORT Front, manager Ruth Cole with trainers and assessors, back from left, Tracy Birks, Joan Baguley, Cathy Robinson-Burke, Emily Mansfield and, middle from left, Danielle Parrish-Evans, Chloe Burrows, Pauline Edney and Jan Corner. Picture: Sarah Standing (121136-4979)
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THEY have taken part in Blue Day ever since the first one in April 2008.

And staff at Fareport Training in Gosport High Street are not planning on stopping this year.

Each employee will bring in a blue item to sell at a raffle for Blue Day, which this year takes place on Friday, April 20.

The event raises cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust with schools and organisations across the area taking part.

Every year the team, who provide training to young people and adults in need of work, aim to beat the amount they raised the previous year. Last year they collected £100.

Ruth Cole, operational manager at Fareport and a big Pompey fan, said: ‘Each year we have set ourselves a target and we like to increase it every year.

‘We feel it’s an important charity. We have got a lot of staff that follow Portsmouth – we believe in the charity.

‘It’s a local charity and we feel that we have got to get behind it.

‘We get to wear our Pompey shirts to work which is a bonus.’

Staff will pay for the privilege of dressing in blue for the day.

They will raffle items such as blue socks, a blue pen and blue bubble bath on the day.

‘The young people will be baking blue cakes and decorating them and then selling them to staff,’ added Ruth.

‘Blue Day is an effective but simple idea.

‘That’s what makes it so easy for an organisation to get involved.

‘It raises the profile of the charity. People stop and ask us why we are wearing blue.

‘It’s good to get behind our club but the day is really about the charity.

‘Everybody is supporting it here and we are looking forward to turning up wearing our Pompey shirts.’

This is the sixth Blue Day and as before, all proceeds will go 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 bone cancer 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 previous Blue Days.

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