DIY store ready to get into party mood for Blue Day

CAN WE FIX IT? Back row are Screwfix staff Ria Danby, Matt Tyne, David Hammond and Steve Whiteaway with, front row, Rachel Hammond, Mary Pateman and Shannon Aldred. Picture: Sarah Standing (13939-7092)
CAN WE FIX IT? Back row are Screwfix staff Ria Danby, Matt Tyne, David Hammond and Steve Whiteaway with, front row, Rachel Hammond, Mary Pateman and Shannon Aldred. Picture: Sarah Standing (13939-7092)
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STAFF at Screwfix will be transforming their store into a sea of blue for a second year in support of Blue Day.

The fundraising day sees people from across the area host blue-themed events to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

This year, it will take place on Friday, April 19.

Staff at Screwfix in Anchorage Park, Portsmouth, will be dressing in blue, selling cakes and organising a raffle.

They also plan to put up a gazebo outside and play music.

Steve Whiteaway, branch manager at the store, said: ‘It went really well last year. It’s good to be involved with the community with the staff and the customers.

‘It’s something we can all relate to.

‘Everyone was really enthusiastic last year. It makes you feel a part of what’s going on. It’s a fun day.

‘Hopefully we will get a bit of sunshine.’

Staff at Screwfix have supported the charity over the past year.

Steve ran the Great South Run for the charity.

And they keep charity boxes inside the store to encourage their customers to make a donation.

‘It’s an ongoing commitment for us,’ Steve added.

‘It’s a really good charity. The profile it gets is fantastic. It’s nice to have a community charity.

‘Most people that come in either knew Tom or know his family.

‘It makes a change to have a box on the side that’s for a local resident or family so people can see where the money is going.’

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

The charity was set up by his dad Clinton, mum Adele and sister Emma.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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.