BLUE mayonnaise will be making a return to a Southsea baguette shop in aid of Blue Day.
La Croissanterie in Osborne Road ran a fundraising day last year in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
Spurred on by that successful foray into blue mayonnaise, manager Andre Guedeney is turning his attentions to other foods that he can turn blue in a bid to raise cash.
Andre, 32, from Southsea, said: ‘I was born and bred in Portsmouth and I am a Pompey fan so when I heard about Tom Prince I wanted to help.’
Tom suffered from a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma.
He died the day before his 16th birthday.
His family set up the Tom Prince Cancer Trust in the hope of raising £1million to fund research into the cancer.
They organise many fundraisers across the city, including Blue Day when shops, schools and businesses across the city turn blue for the day.
Andre went along to the Tom Prince Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus at the Kings Theatre in 2011 when his girlfriend bought him a ticket.
He said: ‘It was a good night and the family were there collecting money.
‘They were really nice and Tom’s story is emotive. That’s when I started to think about what I could do in my shop.’
Blue Day makes a return on Friday, April 19.
Staff at La Croissanterie, which sells baguettes and croissants, will be dressing up in blue, with blue collection buckets on the counter and there will be some blue additions to the menu.
Andre said: ‘We raised quite a bit of money last year as our customers were really generous.
‘I also matched every donation made with profits from the shop.
‘As we make our own mayonnaise, I will be turning it blue and customers can have blue mayo on their baguette in exchange for a donation.
‘I’ll also be icing our pastries with blue icing.
‘I have been experimenting with making blue quiches too, but unfortunately they didn’t come out too well.’
To participate in Blue Day, you need to register your event at tomprince.co.uk.
Once registered, The News will include you on the roll of honour which is printed in the newspaper and available online.
You can also make The News aware of your fundraising plans by calling (023) 9262 2131 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.