IT IS an annual event that the staff always look forward to and this year is no different.
The Southern Co-operative is taking part in this year’s Blue Day and every store in Portsmouth will be dressing in blue to support the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
On May 2, staff at the New Road store in Buckland, will be dressing in blue and will have collection buckets for customers to make donations.
There will also be a raffle for customers to take part in with all money going to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
Deputy store manager Mindy Knight said the store enjoys supporting a local charity.
‘We have been supporting Blue Day for as long as I can remember,’ she said.
‘It is something we do across the whole city every year and we do enjoy supporting it and taking part.
‘It is good to support a local charity and all the staff know about the charity and the reasons behind it.’
Blue Day was started in 2008 and was set up by Adele and Clinton Prince, the parents of Tom Prince, and The News.
Tom died of the rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma, on the eve of his 16th birthday in 2004. The 15-year-old was a big Pompey fan and when the team reached the semi-final of the FA Cup in 2008, his parents decided to start Blue Day.
This year marks 10 years since Tom died and is Blue Day number eight.
Adele and Clinton are trying to raise £1m through Blue Day and have so far reached over £800,000.
Mindy added: ‘We always get a good response from our customers when it comes to Blue Day and we always raise a good amount.
‘We never set targets and every store varies in how much they raise.
‘But we try very hard across the area and it is always enjoyable.
‘Our staff enjoy dressing in blue and this year we have got a couple of other things going on including a raffle and other games.
‘We also have the buckets in the store encouraging customers to make donations.’