Budding stars hit the stage to raise cash for Blue Day

EXCITED Back row, from left, Jamie Langley, Olivia Middleton,  Betheny Stone and Lloyd Hoile and front, from left, Joe Kelleher, Katherine Johnson, Ebony Charles, and Tony Chalmers get ready for Blue Day.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121039-1)
EXCITED Back row, from left, Jamie Langley, Olivia Middleton, Betheny Stone and Lloyd Hoile and front, from left, Joe Kelleher, Katherine Johnson, Ebony Charles, and Tony Chalmers get ready for Blue Day. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121039-1)
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PUPILS are hosting a talent show in their playing fields to raise cash for our blue bonanza.

Youngsters at Front Lawn Junior School, in Leigh Park, will battle it out to be crowned winner of the competition, as part of our Blue Day 12 on April 20.

This is the sixth event of its kind, and as before all proceedings will go to local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

In a bid to raise as much cash as possible, the school will also host a family picnic in their playing fields for parents and friends to watch the show’s final take place.

Teaching assistant Chris Kettle said: ‘We’ve done Blue Day for a few years now and the kids love it.

‘They’re excited about it already and can’t wait to take part in the talent competition.’

Staff and children will pay to dress in blue and there will be a tombola and cake sale in aid of the charity.

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

The Prince family now works towards a £1m target for research into the rare form of cancer.

It’s a cause particularly close to the hearts of people at the school, having lost one of their pupils, 10-year-old Chloe Challoner, to osteosarcoma earlier this year.

As part of their Blue Day events, children at the school will do a blue balloon release, and one single pink balloon will be launched in memory of Chloe.

Mrs Kettle added: ‘Blue Day is such a good cause and it means a lot to us that the charity is local, which is why we got involved in the first place.

‘But it feels even more important since we got to know Chloe over the last two years.

‘We wanted to do something for her and to give the children a chance to remember her as well as raising money for the charity.’

Many organisations, schools and businesses have already signed up to the event since it was launched on Tuesday, and we’re calling on more readers to get involved and help turn the city blue.

Staff at The Royal, in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, have also registered to take part in the mammoth fundraiser.

Landlady Vanessa Bartholomew will decorate the pub in an abundance of blue and staff will pay to wear Pompey’s team colours of blue.

Buckets will be placed on the bar to collect donations from punters.

Vanessa’s son Mark Mayo said: ‘We do a lot of fundraisers, but we really like Blue Day because it’s local.’

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