Generations apart but united for our Blue Day bonanza

SMILES Ethan Croucher, two, and 89-year-old Lily Gale at the Bluebell Care Home prepare for Blue Day
SMILES Ethan Croucher, two, and 89-year-old Lily Gale at the Bluebell Care Home prepare for Blue Day

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THEY are generations apart with almost nine decades separating them

But 89-year-old Lily Gale and two-year-old Ethan Croucher, pictured on the front page and opposite, are uniting together today to celebrate Blue Day and to support a worthy charity.

REMEMBERED Tom Prince

REMEMBERED Tom Prince

Today, we are encouraging people from across the city and beyond to dress in blue to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, on our sixth Blue day.

From Gomer Infant School in Gosport to Purbrook Juniors in Havant, hundreds of you will be raising money for the charity in memory of teenager Tom Prince who died of bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday.

Clinton Prince, Tom’s dad, said: ‘This shows that young and old alike want to take part in Blue Day and have a good time.

‘The great people of Portsmouth really do pull together as a community.

‘People want to do something to try and get a cure.’

Ethan attends the Little Spinnakers pre-school in Southsea.

Children there will be dressing in blue and taking part in blue-themed activities today.

His mum Nikki Croucher said: ‘To have different generations together is a good idea and to see Ethan with Lily was lovely.

‘He loved her and kept talking about her.

‘We support Pompey and Ethan’s grandad and uncle watch Pompey on a regular basis.

‘We have got to support our local community – it’s for a good cause.’

Meanwhile, Lily, a lifelong Pompey fan who was born and bred in the city, will be celebrating the day at the Bluebell Nursing Home in Southsea.

Lily, who will celebrate her 90th birthday next month, said she couldn’t wait to take part in Blue Day.

‘It’s wonderful because it brings people together – the more the merrier,’ she said.

‘The day will be very good.’

She added: ‘Ethan is lovely, he’s a gorgeous little boy.’

Staff at Bluebell will be decorating the building in blue and have organised games, a raffle and a silent auction.

Pompey superfan John Westwood will also pay the residents a visit this afternoon.

Dizzy Page, activities co-ordinator at the Bluebell nursing home, said: ‘We do it every year.

‘The residents adore Blue Day. It’s a little activity that they can get involved in.

‘They love it – it’s another excuse for a party.’

The Tom Prince Cancer Trust was set up by Tom’s family shortly after his death in 2004.

They are aiming to raise £1m for research into the disease.

So far, £664,000 has been raised.

Up to £174,000 of that has come from the previous five blue days.

Clinton, from Haslemere Road, Southsea, added that he was overwhelmed by the number of people wanting to support the charity event this year.

‘This year has been the biggest take-up and biggest enthusiasm since it first started,’ he said.

‘It seems like everyone wants to take part.

‘Everyone is wishing us the best.

‘There is so much doom and gloom about with the economy that it’s nice for people to gel together for a local charity in Portsmouth and have a bit of fun.

‘It doesn’t cost a lot of money and the end result is to raise money for research into osteosarcoma.

‘A big thanks to all the businesses, teachers and children who are taking part.’

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